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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 Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 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.
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 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
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 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%
Comparative Essay 1 - 40%
Comparative Essay 2 - 60%
Feedback Written feedback will be provided on the commentary and essay.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of a range of cultural texts from some of the countries of the Spanish-speaking world.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to employ techniques of analysis and theoretical approaches to cultural production.
  3. Employ academic research skills to topics in the Spanish-speaking world.
  4. Clearly express detailed ideas on cultural topics in Spanish, both in written and spoken formats.
Reading List
The Resource List can be found here:

- Smith, Colin (ed.). Spanish Ballads (London, Bristol Classical Press, 2002)
- Marías, Javier, Corazón tan blanco (Crítica, 2006)
- Pérez Reverte, Arturo, El Club Dumas (cualquier edición)
- Carpentier, Alejo, El reino de este mundo (Austral, [1949] 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.
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 Jose Saval
Tel: (0131 6)50 3677
Course secretaryMiss Hope Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
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