Spanish and Latin American Studies

The Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies is part of the School of Languages and Cultures (SLC).

About the major

Spanish, the third most spoken language internationally, engages you with the world. A major in the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies will equip you with a deep and applied knowledge of the Spanish language, its social and academic contexts and uses, as well as the tools to examine and understand past and contemporary forms of politics, society and culture in the Spanish-speaking world. Our exchange program enhances this by offering in-country exposure to the same. Language learning in our department becomes a means not merely to communicate but to engage with real world issues. Our graduates will have gained skills that are valued in diplomacy, journalism, arts, education, business and the law, in other words, in all areas requiring cultural exchange.

The language units we offer are based on a recognition of the lived and social nature of language. You participate in Spanish via group work, role plays, creative project-based work, online quizzes, discussion, as well as skills tests, exams and essay writing. The units you choose for your major involve both language and culture subjects, wherein you explore modern and contemporary culture (film, media, music, for example), literature and society, state and social change.

Pathways through the major

A major in Spanish and Latin American Studies requires at least 36 senior credit points, including at least 24 credit points from language units of study and at least 6 credit points at 3000 level.

The units of study for the major can be found in the Table A unit of study table for Spanish and Latin American Studies. The table shows units of study on offer in the current handbook year. You may find information regarding a full list of units of study available to the major on the departmental website.

The language units have a very clear progression, each level building upon the previous one, based on the Common European Framework of Reference. These levels are given in brackets.

Spanish language units of study
SPAN1621 Level 1 Spanish (A1) SPAN1622 Level 2 Spanish (A2)
SPAN2611 Spanish Level 3 (A2+) SPAN2612 Spanish Level 4 (B1)
SPAN2613 Spanish Level 5 (B1+) SPAN2614 Spanish Level 6 (B2)
SPAN3611 Spanish Level 7 (C1) SPAN3612 Spanish Level 8 (C1+/C2)

There are different pathways through a major in Spanish and Latin American Studies depending on your language level. Junior units of study (1000 level) do not count towards the major and are completed by students starting as a beginner in Spanish. They are taken in first year and must be completed before enrolling into senior units of study (2000 and 3000 level).

Sample pathways
Complete beginner
First Year S1

SPAN1621

Junior unit Junior unit Junior unit
S2 SPAN 1622 Junior unit Junior unit Junior unit
Second Year S1 SPAN2611 Senior unit Senior unit Senior unit
S2 SPAN2612 Senior SPAN culture unit (2000/3000 level) Senior unit Senior unit
Third Year S1 SPAN2613 Senior unit Senior unit Senior unit
S2 SPAN2614 Senior-advanced SPAN culture unit (3000 level) Senior unit Senior unit
Student with 65% or better in HSC Beginners Spanish (or equivalent)
First Year S1

SPAN2611

Junior unit Junior unit Junior unit
S2 SPAN2612 Junior unit Junior unit Junior unit
Second Year S1 SPAN2613 Senior unit Senior unit Senior unit
S2 SPAN2614 Senior SPAN culture unit (2000/3000 level) Senior unit Senior unit
Third Year S1 SPAN3611 Senior unit Senior unit Senior unit
S2 SPAN3612 Senior SPAN culture unit (2000/3000 level) Senior unit Senior unit
Student with 70% or better in HSC Continuers Spanish (or equivalent)
First Year S1

SPAN2613

Junior unit Junior unit Junior unit
S2 SPAN2614 Junior unit Junior unit Junior unit
Second Year S1 SPAN3611 Senior unit Senior unit Senior unit
S2 SPAN3612 Senior unit Senior unit Senior unit
Third Year S1 Senior SPAN culture unit (2000/3000 level) Senior unit Senior unit Senior unit
S2 Senior SPAN culture unit (2000/3000 level) Senior unit Senior unit Senior unit

There are several possible ways of constructing a pathway for the culture units that contribute to your major depending on what interests you most. Whatever combination you choose, you complete the units in the expected sequence (e.g. SPAN2621 and SPAN3671 or SPAN2641 and SPAN3621 in a 2nd and 3rd year sequence).

  Literature, text and film Culture and society Spain focus Latin America focus Elective units
Senior-intermediate (2000 level) units give a broad basis, helping you decide what to choose at 3000 level SPAN2621 or SPAN2641 SPAN2622 or SPAN2631 or SPAN2615 SPAN2621 or SPAN2631 SPAN2622 or SPAN2631 or SPAN2641 or SPAN2615 HSTY2651 or LNGS2617
Senior-advanced (3000 level) units provide more specific focus for the final year of your major SPAN3621 or SPAN3622 or SPAN3671 SPAN3623 or SPAN3624 SPAN3624 or SPAN3671 SPAN3623 Any SPAN 3000 level culture unit

Progressions from Year 2 to Year 3 culture units: a selection

Second year unit of study Third year progression unit
SPAN2621-Spanish Film and Literature, this unit introduces student to the basics of approaching film and literature from Spain, providing a range of examples to explore and analyse. SPAN3671-The Stories of Spain: Texts and Contexts, this unit builds upon the basic approaches to Spanish film and literature covered in SPAN2621 and looks more specifically at key works and specific contexts, advancing a more sophisticated set of approaches and concepts.
SPAN2641-Filmmaking in the Latin American Context, this unit introduces students to the basics of film production in Latin America, some key issues and forms of analysis. SPAN3621-Latin American Film and Literature, this unit builds upon the basic approaches to film analysis covered in SPAN241 but hones more particularly on narrative theory as it pertains to film and literature, and how form relates to representation in Latin American texts.
SPAN2622-Popular Culture in Latin America, this unit introduces students to the basics of approaching popular culture in Latin America by engaging students with a wide range of accessible examples to use as cases to focus upon and extrapolate conceptual tools around culture, identity and nation. SPAN3623-Argentina for Export, this unit builds upon the basic approaches to the study of mass and popular culture introduced in SPAN2622 by focusing more keenly on the relations between economy and culture in the case of central tropes of Argentine identity.
SPAN2631-Cultural and Social Change in Spain, this unit introduces students to a broad panorama of society in late Franco Spain and after, exposing students to examples that encourage their critical engagement with issues of state, civil society, the redefinition of nation in times of political change and globalisation. SPAN3624-Spain: A Nation of Nations?, this unit builds upon the basic approaches to the study of society and nation by broaching more deeply the theoretical horizons of modern and contemporary nationalism in the historical development of local and regional cultural identities in Spain.
Honours

Admission to honours requires completion of 48 senior credit points of Spanish and Latin American Studies with a Credit average or above. Honours consists of taught seminar courses on topics in Spanish and Latin American culture and society, advanced language support, and a thesis on a topic of your choice in consultation with the department.

Please note: from 2015 the minimum requirement for entry into Honours will increase to an average of 70% or above across 48 senior credit points in the intended subject area/s.

Contact/further information

A comprehensive overview of the Spanish and Latin American Studies program is available on the website: sydney.edu.au/arts/spanish_latin_american

There is a Spanish and Latin American Studies noticeboard on Level 7 of the Brennan MacCallum Building A18.

The Chair of the Department is Dr Anne Walsh
Email: anne.walsh@sydney.edu.au
Phone +61 2 9351 6819

For further information on a particular unit of study please contact the named unit coordinator listed with the relevant unit of study description in this handbook.

For general information about language study please contact the School of Languages and Cultures, phone +61 2 9351 2869 or email