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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 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 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 major narrative and dramatic works by 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 Quijote, 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 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  19
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 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Two coursework essays: 40% (1,000-word essay), 60% (1,100-word essay) 
Feedback Summative assessment includes two coursework essays.  Written feedback is provided on summative coursework; verbal feedback for weekly asynchronous activities. 
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Express an historically-informed understanding of the social and cultural contexts of early modern Spain.
  2. Apply in-depth knowledge of the works studied in addressing critical questions and problems.
  3. Analyse the works studied with detailed reference to the literary contexts (existing genres, performance constraints, generic expectations) in which they were first read and/or performed.
  4. Evaluate alternative critical viewpoints.
Reading List
Cervantes, Don Quijote Part I 
Lope de Vega, El caballero de Olmedo 
Calderón, La vida es sueño and El médico de su honra 
Tirso de Molina, El vergonzoso en palacio 

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 Kat Zabecka
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026
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