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SP1538: ENCOUNTERING THE OTHER IN IBERIA AND THE AMERICAS (2021-2022)

Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:42


Course Overview

The course introduces students to colonial encounters ranging from Muslim Iberia to the pre-conquest Americas and continuing into the period of the Spanish Empire.  From the nineteenth century, conquest and colonial encounters continued as newly-independent Spanish American states seized indigenous territories, while colonial mentalities re-surfaced in contexts as diverse as the Spanish Civil War and Southern Cone dirty wars. These examples show how colonial encounters helped shape contemporary Spain and Spanish America. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators

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What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2
  • Any Undergraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course introduces students to colonial encounters ranging from Muslim Iberia to the pre-conquest Americas and continuing into the period of the Spanish Empire.  From the nineteenth century, conquest and colonial encounters continued as newly-independent Spanish American states seized indigenous territories, while colonial mentalities re-surfaced in contexts as diverse as the Spanish Civil War and Southern Cone dirty wars. These examples show how colonial encounters helped shape contemporary Spain and Spanish America. 

The course will suit all students interested in subjects from history, philosophy and literature to politics, sociology and anthropology. It will provide a gentle introduction to the history of Iberia and the Americas, using the theme of colonial encounters to tie together diverse regions and time periods.

For students considering Honours in Spanish and Latin American Studies, it will also provide an entry point to the study of Spanish-speaking countries. All teaching and materials will be provided in English.

Each week the whole group will attend two hours of class, which will have components of lecture, a range of activities and close-reading of texts.  These classes will be supported by a ‘flipped-classroom’ approach, in which students listen to a lecture recording ahead of time.  The flipped classroom is designed to help them make the most of their classroom time, to help them understand the readings better and prepare for the written assessments. The two-hour class will also ensure students understand the material covered so that they can undertake independent preparation for the small-group tutorial.  In the small-group tutorial, where students will engage in discussion and a range of pedagogic activities with other students and the tutor.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 27 Feedback Weeks 29

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Feedback

Detailed instructions and evaluation criteria will be provided in the course guide. Written feedback will be provided within three weeks of the submission date.

Word Count 1250
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseStudents will learn about the cultural, historical, social and political aspects of colonial encounters in the Americas and Iberia.
ProceduralEvaluateStudents will develop the capacity to describe, analyse and evaluate the range of colonial encounters, and their ramifications for those involved.
ProceduralEvaluateStudents will demonstrate the capacity to obtain, analyse, and communicate information through independent research on a historical question, both as part of a team and individually

Group Podcast

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 35 Feedback Weeks 37

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Feedback

Groups of 3-4 students will have to create a podcast on an issue related to the course’s theme.

Detailed instructions and evaluation criteria will be provided in the course guide. Written feedback will be provided within the three week allowed.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseStudents will learn about the cultural, historical, social and political aspects of colonial encounters in the Americas and Iberia.
ProceduralEvaluateStudents will demonstrate the capacity to obtain, analyse, and communicate information through independent research on a historical question, both as part of a team and individually
ProceduralEvaluateStudents will develop the capacity to describe, analyse and evaluate the range of colonial encounters, and their ramifications for those involved.

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Information will be provided in the course guide, in class and in an exam review session.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Revision of Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 32 Feedback Weeks 36

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Feedback

1250 words.

In order to help students improve their research and writing, and encourage them to incorporate feedback into their subsequent work, students will be required to submit a revised version of their essay.  If their second submission improves on original, the entire mark will be raised to the revised essay mark. If the revised essay has a lower mark, the original essay mark will stand.

Detailed instructions and evaluation criteria will be provided in the course guide. Written feedback will be provided within three weeks of the submission date.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Take Home Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Feedback will be provided in written form through Turnitin.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralEvaluateStudents will demonstrate the capacity to obtain, analyse, and communicate information through independent research on a historical question, both as part of a team and individually
ConceptualAnalyseStudents will learn about the cultural, historical, social and political aspects of colonial encounters in the Americas and Iberia.
ProceduralEvaluateStudents will develop the capacity to describe, analyse and evaluate the range of colonial encounters, and their ramifications for those involved.

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