Undergraduate Course: Literatures and Cultures of the Spanish-Speaking World 2 (ELCH08018)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course explores key topics in literature and film and extends the knowledge of Spanish and Spanish American culture gained in Spanish 1A and 1B.
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 prerecorded weekly lecture will be followed by a 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 course commentary.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Students 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?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 19,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 18,
Formative Assessment Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Comparative Essay 1 - 40%
Comparative Essay 2 - 60%
||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.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a knowledge of a range of cultural texts from some of the countries of the Spanish-speaking world.
- Demonstrate the ability to employ techniques of analysis and theoretical approaches to cultural production.
- Employ academic research skills to topics in the Spanish-speaking world.
- Clearly express detailed ideas on cultural topics in Spanish, both in written and spoken formats.
|The Resource List can be found here:|
- Dossier of readings by Garcilaso de la Vega and San Juan de la Cruz
- Marías, Javier, Corazón tan blanco (Crítica, 2006)
- Pérez Reverte, Arturo, El Club Dumas (cualquier edición)
- Carpentier, Alejo, El reino de este mundo (Austral,  2015)
- Dossier of readings by Nicolás Guillén and Lidia Cabrera
- Film: La ciudad de los fotógrafos (Sebastián Moreno, 2006)
- Film: Más allá del Mall (Miguel Alvear, 2010)
NB: The two documentary films will be available for streaming online.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Knowledge and Understanding
Practice: applied knowledge and understanding
Generic cognitive skills
Communication and ICT
Autonomy, accountability and working with others
|Course organiser||Dr Jose Saval
Tel: (0131 6)50 3677
|Course secretary||Miss Kat Zabecka
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026