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Undergraduate Hispanic Studies and Spanish 2014-2015

SP1027: SPANISH LANGUAGE 1 

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

This is a fast-paced and intensive language course for students with very little or no previous knowledge of Spanish who have been allocated onto this course by our idiagnostic test. It is aimed at students intending to pursue an honours (single or joint) degree in Hispanic Studies but is also suitable for students on other degree programmes.


SP1028: SPANISH LANGUAGE 2 

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

This is a fast-paced language course for students with some previous knowledge of Spanish who have been allocated onto this course by our idiagnostic test. It is aimed at students intending to pursue an honours (single or joint) degree in Hispanic Studies but is also suitable for students on other degree programmes.


SP1032: LATIN AMERICA: A CULTURAL HISTORY

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

This course will introduce students to Latin American history, culture and society from the pre-Hispanic period to the present through a selection of archaeology, historical and contemporary writings, visual culture and music. All texts studied will be available in English translation.

SP1528: SPANISH LANGUAGE 2 

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

This course follows Spanish Language 1 or can be taken by students who have the required level of Spanish as determined by the placement test (see below).

This is a fast-paced language course and It is aimed at students intending to pursue an honours (single or joint) degree in Hispanic Studies but is also suitable for students on other degree programmes.

SP1535: SPAIN: A CULTURAL HISTORY

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

This course focuses on cultural history in the Iberian Peninsula, from the early medieval period to the present day. It explores selected key cultural social and political questions over the course of Spain's history as they are presented in a variety of written and visual texts, such as contemporaneous accounts, narrative fiction, poetry, film, painting and architecture. All texts studied will be available in English translation.

SPDIAG: SPANISH DIAGNOSTIC TEST

0 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

Students being admitted to a Hispanic Studies degree programme, or intending taking a Spanish course, should first take the language diagnostic test. The test can be taken at any time and is completed online. On the basis of this diagnostic test you will be allocated to the appropriate Level 1 language course. The test helps to ensure you are on the course that is most appropriate for your level of knowledge and experience.

Please go to www.abdn.ac.uk/mycurriculum to access the Diagnostic Test.

Having completed the test you should select the appropriate course when making your curriculum choices.

SP2025: SPANISH LANGUAGE 3

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

This course follows Spanish Language 2 or can be taken by students who have the required level of Spanish as determined by the placement test (see below).

SP2026: SPANISH LANGUAGE 4

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

This course aims to prepare intending Honours students of Hispanic Studies for their compulsory period abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.

The course will develop further Spanish language skills, both receptive and productive. Classes on grammatical and linguistic analysis will contribute to the development of both sets of skills. In addition students will complete a structured self learning programme of aural study and grammatical reinforcement study.


SP2036: LATIN AMERICA: TEXTS AND CONTEXTS

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

This course uses texts, which can include plays, films, novels, music, letters and an etiquette guide, to understand issues, concerns and themes in Latin American history. The course is organised chronologically and each week classes focus on texts from a particular country as a means to discuss bigger questions, such as how to make a new nation after three hundred years of colonial rule and a decade of warfare, how to demonstrate your honourability in an anonymous city and what cultural models are the best source of inspiration. The course also focuses on 'context' shared throughout Latin America.

SP2525: SPANISH LANGUAGE 3

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This course follows Spanish Language 2 or can be taken by students who have the required level of Spanish as determined by the placement test (see below).

SP2526: SPANISH LANGUAGE 4

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This course aims to prepare intending Honours students of Hispanic Studies for their compulsory period abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.

The course will develop further Spanish language skills, both receptive and productive. Classes on grammatical and linguistic analysis will contribute to the development of both sets of skills. In addition students will complete a structured self learning programme of aural study and grammatical reinforcement study.

SP2531: SPANISH LANGUAGE 5

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This course follows Spanish Language 4 and aims to prepare non beginners intending Honours students of Hispanic Studies for their compulsory period abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.

The course will develop further Spanish language skills, expanding on the vocabulary and introducing formal documents and letters. Classes on grammatical and linguistic analysis will contribute to the development of both sets of skills. In addition students will complete a structured self learning programme of aural study and grammatical reinforcement study.

SP2538: SPAIN: TEXTS AND CONTEXTS

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This course takes a broad look at different texts spanning from the late 15th century to the present day. We will study these texts in the original language but with the help of English translations, providing a smooth introduction into reading Spanish language literature. The first half of the course concentrates on the late medieval and early modern eras, through two highly entertaining texts: Celestina and Life Is Dream. The second half concentrates on the 20th century through a combination of poetry, short fiction and film.

SP3004: IMAGINED CITIES SPANISH URBAN CULTURE IN WRITING AND FILM A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

In this course we will examine different representations of the city and interventions in cities from the late 19th century up to the present day. In the past century cities in Spain and elsewhere have gone through various radical transformations. The relations between people and their urban environments have taken on new forms and rhythms. We will study influential theories about the city and twentieth-century urban life. We will also study Spanish novels, film, poetry, urban development projects, pop culture and social movements that have centred on the use or representation of city space.

SP3088: CITIZENSHIP IN LATIN AMERICA A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course asks what it means to be a citizen in Latin America (though with a focus on Mexico). It will combine history and ethnography. Citizenship is often described as rights-bearing membership in nation-states, and we will see that this has been important in Latin America, past and present. However, we will draw on a variety of readings, including the lecturer's own ethnography, to see that there has been more to citizenship than this.,

SP3096: BASQUE CULTURE: MEMORY AND MODERNITY A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

The course will explore the continuities and breaks between tradition and modernisation in Basque culture.

SP30A3: SPANISH LANGUAGE 6

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This is a core prescribed course open only to Junior Honours Hispanic Studies students and a selected range of other programmes at the appropriate level. This course aims to enable you to identify and use, accurately, fluently, and with an appropriate level of sophistication, a range of vocabulary and linguistic registers at advanced level.

SP30A4: SPANISH LANGUAGE 6A (SPANISH LANGUAGE FOR MODE B JUNIOR HONOURS STUDENTS)

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This is a core prescribed course open only to Mode B Junior Honours Hispanic Studies students. This course aims to enable you to identify and use, accurately, fluently, and with an appropriate level of sophistication, a range of vocabulary and linguistic registers at advanced level.

SP30MH: SPANISH-ENGLISH TRANSLATION DISTANCE COURSE FOR MODE B/EUROPEAN STUDIES

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

The texts for this course are interesting and varied and will appeal in particular to students with an interest in accurate translation from Spanish to English. 

SP30PA: PLOUGHING THE SEA: SPAIN & SPANISH AMERICA, 1750 TO 1990 A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session


The collapse of the Spanish-American empire in the early nineteenth century may have ended formal political ties across the Atlantic, but three hundred years of shared history cast a long shadow across the newly-independent countries in the Americas, as much as it did in Spain. This course examines the history of Spain and its colonies from the Bourbon reforms to the 1990s, focusing on common themes such as the role of the Church, the role of the military, land distribution and regional rivalries.

SP3503: SPANISH ENGLISH TRANSLATION DISTANCE COURSE FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

The texts to be translated are varied and interesting and will appeal in particular to those students with a special interest in translation from Spanish into English.

SP35AE: FILM AND VISUAL CULTURE IN SPAIN AND LATIN AMERICA A

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

This course will explore the topics of memory, post-memory and creativity in crisis in the context of the Argentina and Chile both in cinema and photography.

SP35AH: RESEARCH METHODS IN HISPANIC STUDIES

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

By the end of the course students will have chosen a research topic, developed a research question and written a literature review to accompany a dissertation bibliography.  Learning methods are divided between workshops, which aim to help students develop core research and communication skills; individual supervision sessions; guided independent research

SP35BE: ADVANCED TRANSLATION SKILLS 1

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

This course extends and refines your practical translation skills from Spanish into English. It will also introduce you to selected key issues in translation studies and theory, and enable you to think critically about linguistic and cultural issues associated with translation from Spanish into English at an advanced level.

SP35JG: NARRATIVES OF BELONGING TWENTYFIRST CENTURY SPANISH FICTION A

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

 In this course we will examine different novels written by new authors in twenty-first century Spain. We will focus on theme of belonging in a country whose recent history was dominated by autarky and the imposition of cultural homogeneity. Spain has made a rapid transition to postmodern global society, with a similarly rapid influx of immigrants from Northern Africa and other parts. Many recent novels by the generation to come of age in a democratic Spain focus on the subject's sense of belonging (or not belonging) to specific spaces, historical contexts or communities.

SP35SB: THE GOLDEN STATE: HISTORY, CULTURE AND POLITICS OF CALIFORNIA A

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

This course engages in a broad-based analysis of the history, culture and politics of the state of California. It begins with the indifenous and Spanish colonial settlement of the region, followed by the period within the independent Mexican Republic, before California became one of the United States of America. More recent topics will include the fate of the Californios after Independence and mass immigration in the 20th century, especially from Mexico, as well as the status of the Spanish language in contemporary California. The course will include approaches from history, anthropology, cultural studies, and political science.

SP4004: IMAGINED CITIES SPANISH URBAN CULTURE IN WRITING AND FILM B

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

In this course we will examine different representations of the city and interventions in cities from the late 19th century up to the present day. In the past century cities in Spain and elsewhere have gone through various radical transformations. The relations between people and their urban environments have taken on new forms and rhythms. We will study influential theories about the city and twentieth-century urban life. We will also study Spanish novels, film, poetry, urban development projects, pop culture and social movements that have centred on the use or representation of city space.

SP4088: CITIZENSHIP IN LATIN AMERICA B

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

This course asks what it means to be a citizen in Latin America (though with a focus on Mexico). It will combine history and ethnography. Citizenship is often described as rights-bearing membership in nation-states, and we will see that this has been important in Latin America, past and present. However, we will draw on a variety of readings, including the lecturer's own ethnography, to see that there has been more to citizenship than this.,

SP4096: BASQUE CULTURE: MEMORY AND MODERNITY B

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

The course will explore the continuities and breaks between tradition and modernisation in Basque culture.

SP40A4: SPANISH LANGUAGE 7

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

This is the final Spanish language course within the degree that will provide students with advanced comprehension and writing skills in general and specialised registers.

SP40PA: PLOUGHING THE SEA: SPAIN & SPANISH AMERICA, 1750 TO 1990 B

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session


The collapse of the Spanish-American empire in the early nineteenth century may have ended formal political ties across the Atlantic, but three hundred years of shared history cast a long shadow across the newly-independent countries in the Americas, as much as it did in Spain. This course examines the history of Spain and its colonies from the Bourbon reforms to the 1990s, focusing on common themes such as the role of the Church, the role of the military, land distribution and regional rivalries.

SP4502: DISSERTATION IN HISPANIC STUDIES

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

The dissertation is a piece of extended independent research (8,000-10,000 words long), structured as a critical evaluation, analysis or argument, about a topic germane to Hispanic Studies. The topic is chosen by the student, in conjunction with the dissertation coordinator and an individual Departmental supervisor. It is a chance for students to carry out in-depth study in Hispanic Studies outside the course programme and to acquire and develop valuable research skills.

SP45AE: FILM AND VISUAL CULTURE IN SPAIN AND LATIN AMERICA B

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

This course will explore the topics of memory, post-memory and creativity in crisis in the context of the Argentina and Chile both in cinema and photography.

SP45FB: ADVANCED TRANSLATION SKILLS 2

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

This course extends and refines students' practical translation skills from English into Spanish. It will also enable students to think critically about linguistic and cultural issues associated with translation from English into Spanish at an advanced level. Students will translate texts on a variety of topics using a variety of discourses; evaluate published translations; discuss, analyse and apply different translation strategies; produce critically-annotated translations and an evaluation of a published translation.



 

SP45JG: NARRATIVES OF BELONGING TWENTYFIRST CENTURY SPANISH FICTION B

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

In this course we will examine different novels written by new authors in twenty-first century Spain. We will focus on theme of belonging in a country whose recent history was dominated by autarky and the imposition of cultural homogeny. Spain has made a rapid transition to postmodern global society, with a similarly rapid influx of immigrants from Northern Africa and other parts. Many recent novels by the generation to come of age in a democratic Spain focus on the subject's sense of belonging (or not belonging) to specific spaces, historical contexts or communities.

SP45SB: THE GOLDEN STATE: HISTORY, CULTURE AND POLITICS OF CALIFORNIA B

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

This course engages in a broad-based analysis of the history, culture and politics of the state of California. It begins with the indigenous and Spanish colonial settlement of the region, followed by the period within the independent Mexican Republic, before California became one of the United States of America. More recent topics will include the fate of the Californios after Independence and mass immigration in the 20th century, especially from Mexico, as well as the status of the Spanish language in contemporary California. The course will include approaches from history, anthropology, cultural studies, and political science.

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