Spanish Latin American Studies

Spanish and Latin American Studies

SPAN1621 Level 1 Spanish

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Anne Walsh Session: Semester 1,Summer Main Classes: 2x2-hr language classes/week Prohibitions: SPAN1601, SPAN1611 Assessment: 4xshort language tests, of which only the best three marks will be counted (1200wds total) (30%), 1xshort oral task (equivalent to 400wds) (10%), 1xlistening test (equivalent to 400wds) (10%), 1x2hr final language exam (40%), class participation and completion of online practice tasks (10%)
Note: Students must not have undertaken any substantial prior study of Spanish.
This unit of study is for absolute beginners or for students who have no substantial prior knowledge of Spanish. It focuses on the basic vocabulary and grammar necessary to introduce and talk about yourself and other people, and communicate successfully in simple everyday situations, both by speaking and in writing. It also introduces elements of the history, society and culture of the Spanish-speaking countries.
SPAN1622 Level 2 Spanish

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Anne Walsh Session: Semester 2,Summer Late Classes: 2x2-hr language classes/week Prerequisites: SPAN1601 or SPAN1611 or SPAN1621 Prohibitions: SPAN1602, SPAN1612 Assessment: 4xshort language tests, of which only the best three marks will be counted (1200wds total) (30%), 1xshort oral task (equivalent to 400wds) (10%), 1xlistening test (equivalent to 400wds) (10%), 1x2hr final language exam (40%), class participation and completion of online practice tasks (10%)
This unit of study builds on the skills acquired in SPAN1621. It continues to focus on everyday communication but introduces students to more complex grammatical structures such as the past tenses. It also continues our exploration of the history, society and culture of the Spanish-speaking countries.
SPAN2611 Spanish Level 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Fernanda Penaloza Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr and 1x2-hr language class/week Prerequisites: SPAN1002 or SPAN1602 or SPAN1612 or SPAN1622, or more than 65% in HSC Spanish Beginners, or at least 5/7 in IB Ab-Initio Spanish. Prohibitions: SPAN2001, SPAN2601, HSC Spanish Continuers Minimum Mark 70%. Assessment: 4x400wd tests (30%), 1x5 minute oral presentation in Spanish (10%), 1x2hr exam (50%), tutorial participation and web based tasks (10%)
This unit builds on the basic language skills acquired in SPAN1621 and 1622 or HSC Beginners Spanish. It will introduce you to more complex grammatical structures and expand your vocabulary so that you are able to communicate both in writing and speech in a wider variety of situations than you could previously. Activities used in the classroom will be designed to allow you to further explore the culture and history of the Spanish-speaking world as well as improving your Spanish.
SPAN2612 Spanish Level 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Fernanda Penaloza Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr and 1x2-hr language class/week Prerequisites: SPAN2611 or SPAN2601 Prohibitions: SPAN2002, SPAN2602, HSC Spanish Continuers Minimum Mark 70%. Assessment: 4x400wd tests (30%), 1x5 minute oral presentation in Spanish (10%), 1x2hr exam (50%), tutorial participation and web based tasks (10%)
This unit builds on the language skills acquired in SPAN2611. It introduces you to more complex grammatical structures, and expands your vocabulary so that you are able to communicate both in writing and speech in a wider variety of situations, including some more formal or academic uses of the language. Activities used in the classroom are designed to allow you to further explore the culture and history of the Spanish-speaking world as well as improving your Spanish.
SPAN2613 Spanish Level 5

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Barrie Wharton Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr and 1x2-hr language class/week Prerequisites: SPAN2612 or SPAN2602, or HSC Spanish Continuers Minimum 70%, or at least 5/7 in IB 'Spanish B' Prohibitions: SPAN3601, SPAN3602 Assessment: 1x30 minute listening test (15%), 1xlanguage portfolio (equivalent to 2000wds) (35%), 1x2hr exam (45%), class participation (5%)
This unit builds on the language skills acquired in SPAN2612 or HSC Continuers Spanish. It will consolidate your previous knowledge of Spanish and extend it into more complex areas of grammar, vocabulary and expression, so that you are able to communicate in a wide variety of formal and informal situations. Activities used in the classroom are designed to allow you to further explore the culture and history of the Spanish-speaking world as well as improving your Spanish.
SPAN2614 Spanish Level 6

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Vek lewis Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr and 1x2-hr language class/week Prerequisites: SPAN2613 or SPAN2602 Prohibitions: SPAN3601, SPAN3602 Assessment: 1x10-15 minute oral test (15%), 1xlanguage portfolio (equivalent to 2000wds) (35%), 1x2hr exam (45%), class participation (5%)
This unit builds on the language skills acquired in SPAN2613. By the end of this unit, you should be a competent and independent user of spoken and written Spanish in most general situations. Activities used in the classroom are designed to allow you to further explore the culture and history of the Spanish-speaking world as well as improving your Spanish.
SPAN2615 Indigenous Movements in Latin America

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Luis Fernando Angosto Ferrández Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 junior credit points from Spanish and Latin American Studies or 12 junior credit points from Anthropology Assessment: 1x2500wd essay (40%), 1x1000wd group seminar presentation (30%), 1x1000wd assignment (20%), tutorial participation (10%)
This course provides an introduction to Latin American politics through an interdisciplinary approach to studying indigenous movements, pivotal actors in the shaping of contemporary conceptions of democracy, citizenship and statecraft in the continent. Students will examine these social movements from anthropological, historical and political science perspectives. They will gain an insight into cultural diversity of Latin American societies and acquire analytical tools for studying and understanding a wide variety of topics associated with political structure and agency in the continent.
SPAN2616 Citizenship in Spain and Latin America

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Luis Angosto Ferrandez Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 junior credit points in SPAN Assessment: 1400wd written assignment (20%), 1200wd group presentation (20%), individual essay (2800 words) (40%), 600wd Short reflections on Selected Classes (10%), seminar participation (10%)
This Unit provides a platform for the study of Spanish and Latin American societies through a critical examination of the concept of citizenship and its cultural conditionings. The types of rights, duties, claims and symbols that are associated with the notion of citizenship are discussed through a multidisciplinary approach that connects the critical analysis of cultural products (literary, musical, religious and cinematic) with the study of contemporary social movements and political processes in Spain and Latin America.
SPAN2621 Spanish Film and Literature

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Barrie Wharton Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: SPAN2601 or SPAN2611 Assessment: class participation (5%), 1x3000wd essay (45%), 1xoral presentation (equivalent to 1500wds) (30%), 2xshort written tasks (equivalent to 1500wds) (20%)
This unit presents students with a variety of texts of Spanish literature and film, providing an introduction to major cultural trends in the context of the history of contemporary Spain.
SPAN2622 Latin American Popular Culture

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Luis Angosto Ferrandez Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: SPAN2601 or SPAN2611 Assessment: 1x3000wd essay (50%), 1xoral presentation (equivalent to 1500wds) (20%), 2xshort written tasks (equivalent to 1500wds) (30%)
This unit, taught in Spanish, presents students with a variety of Latin American texts from modern and contemporary popular culture. Students are exposed to a range of different traditions and approaches to reading popular forms in the context of the history and culture of Latin America.
SPAN2631 Cultural and Social Change in Spain

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Anne Walsh Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 junior credit points from Spanish and Latin American Studies Assessment: class participation (5%), 1xoral presentation in a small group (equivalent to 1000wds) and 1x1000wd individual written memorandum on research for the presentation (20%), 1x1hr mid-semester in-class test (25%), 1x3000wd research essay (50%)
Spanish society has changed dramatically over the last half century. The restrictions on personal freedoms that were part of the Franco regime have been lifted to reveal a liberal, tolerant European society that nevertheless still shows some elements of its conservative heritage. This unit (taught in English) explores contemporary Spanish society and culture to show the reasons for the changes, and their effects. The areas under discussion will be family, sexuality and gender; class, money and consumerism; and mass/popular culture.
SPAN2641 Filmmaking in the Latin American Context

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Fernanda Peñaloza Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 junior credit points from Spanish and Latin American Studies Assessment: 1x1500wd research journal (30%), 1x10 minute oral presentation (15%), 1x2500wd essay (40%), 1xacademic article review (10%), class participation (5%)
This unit, taught in English, will introduce you to Latin American film studies, comprising history, theory and criticism through the exploration of 'national' cinema industries. We will examine the history of film production of Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Brazil, looking at the cultural and socio-political context in which filmmaking should be placed. Apart from tracing the history of film production in such countries, we will be focusing on recent developments in this field from the 1990's to the present day.
SPAN3611 Spanish Level 7

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Anne Walsh Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr and 1x2-hr language class/week Prerequisites: SPAN2614 Prohibitions: SPAN3601 Assessment: 1x5 minute oral presentation (15%), 1xlanguage portfolio (equivalent to 2000wds) (35%), 1x2hr exam (equivalent to 2000wds) (45%), class participation (5%)
This unit is for students who wish to extend their knowledge of Spanish beyond the level of general competence achieved in SPAN2614. It focuses on the use of Spanish in a variety of formal and informal contexts, using authentic materials in order to help you deepen and perfect your Spanish. Class discussion and written tasks will allow you to improve your oral and written competence in Spanish as well as your analytical and communication skills.
SPAN3612 Spanish Level 8

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Anne Walsh Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr and 1x2-hr language class/week Prerequisites: SPAN3611 or SPAN3601 Prohibitions: SPAN3602 Assessment: 1x10-15 minute oral test (15%), 1xlanguage portfolio (equivalent to 2000wds) (35%), 1x2hr exam (45%), class participation (5%)
This unit is for students who wish to extend their knowledge of Spanish to an advanced level of proficiency in all kinds of communicative situations. It focuses on the use of Spanish in a variety of formal and informal contexts, using authentic materials in order to help you deepen and perfect your Spanish. Class discussion and written tasks will allow you to improve your oral and written competence in Spanish as well as your analytical and communication skills.
SPAN3621 Latin American Film and Literature

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Vek lewis Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: SPAN2602 or SPAN2612 Prohibitions: SPAN3006 Assessment: class participation (10%), short written tasks (1500wds) (20%), 1xpresentation (equivalent to 1500wds) (20%), 1x3000wd final essay (50%)
In this unit (taught in Spanish) students are exposed to a range of literary and filmic works from Latin America. The unit examines how these two modes of cultural production have interacted and reshaped one another. Literary narratives have changed formally, stylistically and thematically due to the influence of several genres of Mexican, Brazilian and Argentinean cinema, as well as those of Hollywood and European cinema. The unit provides grounding in literary and film theory and familiarises students with debates around industry, audience reception and reading codes.
SPAN3622 Introduction to Spanish Translation

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Anne Walsh Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: SPAN3601 or SPAN2613 Assessment: translation tasks (equivalent to 2000wds) (20%), participation and group work in class (10%), 1xpresentation (equivalent to 1500wds) (20%), 1x1500wd translation analysis (30%), 1xfinal in-class test (equivalent to 1000wds) (20%)
This unit presents an introduction to various aspects of translation and provides practical work in both English and Spanish, translating from a wide range of materials. It will explore modes, techniques and genres in a variety of texts.
SPAN3623 Argentina for Export

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Fernanda Peñaloza Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: SPAN2602 or SPAN2612 Assessment: 1x3000wd essay (45%), 1x1500wd research journal (25%), 1x500wd group presentation written plan (10%), 1x10 minute group presentation (equivalent to 1000wds) (20%)
This unit (taught in Spanish) explores the images associated with figures such as Eva Perón and Ernesto Che Guevara, the musical genre of tango and the seemingly boundless landscape of Patagonia. We will focus on the way in which different cultural elements frequently perceived as part of Argentina's cultural history have been created, appropriated and commodified within and beyond the country's national boundaries, giving special attention to globalisation as a framework for approaching the relationship between identity representation and commodification.
SPAN3624 Spain: A Nation of Nations?

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Barrie Wharton Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 senior credit points from Spanish and Latin American Studies Assessment: 1xoral presentation (equivalent to 1500wd) (30%), 1x500wd essay plan (10%), 1x4000wd research essay (50%), class participation (10%)
Contemporary Spain is a very diverse country with several distinct cultural and linguistic groups. In some cases, this has given rise to minority nationalisms that challenge the sovereignty and hegemony of the Spanish state. This unit introduces students to the advantages and challenges of such diversity, including some of its political aspects. Specific topics include language planning, regional cultures, ethnicity, minority nationalism, and independence movements. No knowledge of Spanish is required to take this unit.
SPAN3625 New Latin American Geopolitics of Power

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Vek Lewis Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 senior credit points from Spanish and Latin American Studies Assessment: 1xoral presentation (equivalent to 1500wds) (25%), 1x1000wd test (20%), 1x500wd essay plan (5%), 1x3000wd essay (40%), tutorial participation (10%)
If the 20th century was "America's century", to whom does the 21st belong? Much is touted in the name of the new global economic, cultural, political and technological alliances signalled by the acronym, BRIC, among Brazil, Russia, India and China. This unit presupposes that, beyond a mere focus on economics, important global political shifts towards and in Latin America are in evidence. Who and which powers are driving this change? What do these tendencies mean regionally and globally?
SPAN3671 The Stories of Spain: Texts and Contexts

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Anne Walsh Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 senior credit points from Spanish and Latin American Studies Assessment: 1x3000wd essay (50%), 1xin-class presentation (equivalent to 1500wd) (25%), 1xin-class written analysis (equivalent to 1500wd) (25%)
This unit, open to specialists and non-specialists, looks specifically at the types of stories being told in Contemporary Spain and investigates why they are of interest now. It also looks at the developmental nature of narrative. A selection of filmic and literary texts will be studied from different eras though the main focus will be on late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The texts will be supported with outside readings to make the stories told relevant to a present-day student.
SPAN4011 Spanish & Latin American Studies Hons A

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Fernanda Penaloza Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Two seminars that meet weekly for two hours each, one in each semester. Prerequisites: 48 senior credit points in Spanish and Latin American Studies with a credit average or above, including completion of the major. At least 24 credit points must be in language units of study. Assessment: A thesis of 18000-20000 words in length and 7000-8000 words of written work or its equivalent for each seminar.
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The Honours program in Spanish and Latin American Studies consists of:
1. a thesis written under the supervision of one or more members of academic staff
2. two seminars that meet weekly for two hours, one in each semester.
The thesis should be of 18000-20000 words in length. Each seminar requires 7000-8000 words of written work or its equivalent.
The thesis is worth 60% of the final Honours mark and each of the seminars is worth 20%.
The following seminars are on offer in 2014:
Cultural Studies in Spanish American Contexts, Semester 1 (Dr Anne Walsh, Dr Luis Fernando Angosto Ferrández and Dr Vek Lewis)
Critical Theory and Methodologies, Semester 2 (Dr Vek Lewis, Dr Luis Fernando Angosto Ferrández, Dr Anne Walsh and Dr Fernanda Peñaloza)
For more information, contact Dr Fernanda Penaloza, Honours Coordinator.
SPAN4012 Spanish & Latin American Studies Hons B

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: SPAN4011
Refer to SPAN4011
SPAN4013 Spanish & Latin American Studies Hons C

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Fernanda Penaloza Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: SPAN4012
Refer to SPAN4011
SPAN4014 Spanish & Latin American Studies Hons D

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: SPAN4013
Refer to SPAN4011