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

Undergraduate Course: Literature and Society in Golden Age of Spain (ELCH10003)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will provide an opportunity to study the literary culture of Spain in an age when it had become the foremost power in the world. It will focus on a selection of narrative and dramatic works by major authors of the period. These works will be evaluated as literary artefacts in their own right, and also as texts that reflect the dominant values of society as well as the conflicts it sought to resolve.

Through a close textual study of key texts of the Spanish Golden Age, this option aims to foster an understanding of the ways writers engaged with contemporary society and culture to produce the first modern novel, "Don Quixote", and a national theatre that explored key moral, religious and gender issues of the early modern period. It will examine: (i) why these texts are as they are; and (ii) how they reflect, engage with and/or critique the changing social, political and cultural landscape of early modern Spain.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Entry to Spanish Hons required, Students of Spanish 3 should take the Level 09 version ELCH09012
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  15
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 171 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 30% (one 1,500-word essay) / Exam 70% (two questions to be answered in two hours)
Feedback Formative assessment consists of a detailed essay plan for the coursework essay. Summative assessment includes a coursework essay plus an end-of-course exam. Written feedback is provided on both the formative and summative coursework; verbal feedback for each weekly seminar presentation.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Gain an understanding of the social and literary contexts of the works studied.
  2. Demonstrate and apply close knowledge of the works studied.
  3. Discuss and reason about how these arose from and engage with their cultural contexts.
  4. Recognise and acknowledge the complexity of the subject.
  5. Offer alternative perspectives and show awareness of contrasting viewpoints.
Reading List
Cervantes, Don Quijote (Parts I and II).
Lope de Vega, El caballero de Olmedo
Calderón, La vida es sueño; El médico de su honra
Tirso de Molina, El vergonzoso en palacio; El condenado por desconfiado
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDELC L&S in GA Spain
Course organiserProf Jeremy Robbins
Tel: (0131 6)50 3675
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3635
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