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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - Hispanic Studies

Undergraduate Course: Literatures and Cultures of the Spanish-Speaking World 2 (ELCH08018)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course explores key topics in literature and film and extends the knowledge of Spanish and Spanish American culture gained in Spanish 1A and 1B.
Course description Students will study a diverse range of literary texts and films from Spain and Spanish America. The corpus, selected to enhance students' understanding of different genres and artistic currents, addresses the important role of culture in reflecting, shaping and contesting reality from the sixteenth century to the present day. A one-hour weekly lecture will be followed by a one-hour seminar. Seminar activities will include group discussion, debate, and close analysis. Each student will also deliver one presentation to their seminar group during the year, write a commentary and an essay, and undertake a final written exam.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Spanish 1A (ELCH08001) OR Spanish 1B (ELCH08002)
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Spanish Language 2 (ELCH08019)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Purchase of primary texts.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesStudents MUST also take: Spanish Language 2 (ELCH08019)
Student has to be in Edinburgh for the full year, they can enrol with the explicit permission of the Spanish 2 course organiser and the course must be relevant to their curriculum.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 19, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 18, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 50%
Oral presentation in Spanish 10%
Timed commentary in Spanish 15%
Essay of 1,500 words in Spanish 25%

Exam 50%
1x 2 hour written degree exam (two essays)
Feedback Students will be given formative oral feedback on their presentations which will feed forward into their commentaries, essays and exam performance. Written feedback will be provided on the commentary and essay.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of a range of literary and filmic texts from some of the countries of the Spanish-speaking world.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to employ techniques of cultural analysis and theoretical approaches to literature and film.
  3. Employ academic research skills to topics in Hispanism.
  4. Clearly express detailed ideas on cultural topics in Spanish, both in written and spoken formats.
Reading List
Dossier of readings by Garcilaso de la Vega and San Juan de la Cruz
Mendoza, Eduardo, El laberinto de las aceitunas, 1982
Vázquez Montalbán, Manuel, Asesinato en el Comité Central, 1981
Carpentier, Alejo, El reino de este mundo, 1949
Dossier of readings by Nicolás Guillén and Lidia Cabrera
El viaje (Fernando Solanas, 1992)
Y tu mamá también (Alfonso Cuarón, 2001)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and Understanding
Practice: applied knowledge and understanding
Generic cognitive skills
Communication and ICT
Autonomy, accountability and working with others
KeywordsSpain,Latin America,Literature,Film,Spanish
Course organiserDr Charlotte Gleghorn
Tel: (0131 6)51 3237
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3635
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