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


Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will introduce major topics in Lusophone African Literature and Culture from the colonial period (still under Portuguese rule) until Cape Verde, Angola and Mozambique¿s independence between 1974 and 1975. A wide-ranging selection of novels and short stories will be studied in the context of historical and political events. Particular attention will be paid to the following themes: nation-building, colonialism and post-colonialism; race and regionalism; gender and sexuality; revolution and ideology. These topics will allow the student to think and write comparatively, and to combine detailed textual analysis with theoretical debate and a consideration of historical and cultural factors. Background information and relevant aspects of critical theory will be examined during seminars. The course runs for two hours per week for 11 weeks. Classes will be a mixture of lecture, seminar and student-led discussion.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students must purchase copies of the set texts
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNot available for visiting students.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 30%: 1x 2,000 word essay on a text/film from those studied on the course
Exam 70%: 1x 2-hour final degree exam, in which student will answer 2 from a choice of comparative essay questions.
Feedback Students will be given online feedback on their assessed essays
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. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the major themes and trends in Lusophone-African cultural expression from the colonial period until independence and post-colonial times.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate an awareness of the variety and diversity of Lusophone African culture as it is expressed in Literature.
  3. Students will be able to improve their skills of literary criticism and theoretical analysis.
  4. Students will be able to enhance their writing and presentation skills through a variety of techniques, from essay writing to seminar presentations.
Reading List
Phillip rothwell (ed.), Re-evaluating Mozambique (Portuguese Literary and cultural Studies)
Phillip Rothwell (ed.) Remembering Angola (Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies)
Phillip Rothwell, A Postmodern Nationalist: Truth, Orality, and Gender in the work of Mia Couto
Ana Mafalda Leite, Hilary Owen, Rita Chaves, Livia Apa (eds) Narrating the Postcolonial Nation: Mapping Angola and Mozambique
Hilary Owen, Mother Africa, Father Marx
Patrick Chabal (ed.) Postcolonial Liteerrature of Lisophone Africa.
Patrick Chabal (ed.) A History of Postcolonial Lusophone Africa
Bill Ahscroft, The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-colonial Literatures
Bill Ahscroft, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin, Post-colonial Studies: the key concepts
Fernando Arenas, Lusophone Arica: Beyond Independence
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Raquel Ribeiro
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
Course secretaryMiss Kat Zabecka
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026
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