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Undergraduate Hispanic Studies and Spanish 2015-2016

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.

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.


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.

SP30A3: SPANISH LANGUAGE 6

15 credits

Level 3

Both Sessions

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.

SP30AB: RESIDENCE ABROAD PROJECT

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

The aim of the Residence Abroad Project is to develop an in-depth understanding of a specific aspect (anthropological, political or cultural) connected with one of the Hispanic countries in which students are staying. Students are expected to study a topic in its socio-and to complete a report in Spanish of c. 4000 words.

SP30FB: ADVANCED TRANSLATION SKILLS

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

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

SP30YA: KEY TOPICS IN MODERN SPANISH CULTURE 1A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course offers an opportunity to study a theme in modern Hispanic culture. In 2015, this course will address: What does it mean to be indigenous in Latin America? The voices of indigenous groups have reached a global audience not only as a result of political activism but also through their cultural production over the past thirty years. As well as analysing “traditional” literary texts in this course, students will access new media to engage with contemporary indigenous hip-hop, art and film. It will be taught by Dr Sandra Collins.

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.

SP35JH: IBERIAN CROSSROADS: CONTEMPORARY SPANISH FILM A

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

This course will study contemporary Spanish film with reference to both local references and global currents. Spanish artistic production, like all culture, is increasingly tuned into international circuits, where filmmakers find material and inspiration for their creations from a wide range of settings. Therefore, we will think of Spain as a crossroads, a meeting ground of different historical influences, connected to a global network of migrations and communications. In our readings of these films, we will ask how personal and collective subjectivity is defined in relation to both local and global contexts.

SP35YA: KEY TOPICS IN MODERN SPANISH CULTURE 2A

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

This course offers an opportunity to study a theme in Hispanic culture. In 2015-16 the theme will be Narrating Collective Pasts in the Hispanic World. People in all societies give collective accounts of their collective pasts. However, these accounts differ in kind from one society to another, even across the Hispanic world. The first part of the course looks at different approaches to the study of such accounts. The second part compares accounts of collective pasts across the Hispanic world, focusing on “history” as one way of narrating a collective past. It will be taught by Dr Stack.

SP35ZA: KEY TOPICS IN MODERN LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE 2A

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

This course offers an opportunity to study a theme in modern Latin American culture. In 2015-16 the theme will be concepts of nation and progress in the Southern Cone in the second half of the nineteenth century, and how they were influenced by the spread of ideologies such as Liberalism, Conservatism and Positivism. It will be taught by Dr Sandra Collins.


SP35ZB: 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

SP4038: DISSERTATION IN SPANISH

15 credits

Level 4

First 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.

SP40A5: SPANISH LANGUAGE 7

30 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.

SP40FB: ADVANCED TRANSLATION SKILLS

15 credits

Level 4

First 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.



 

SP40YA: KEY TOPICS IN MODERN SPANISH CULTURE 1B

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

This course offers an opportunity to study a theme in modern Hispanic culture. In 2015, this course will address: What does it mean to be indigenous in Latin America? The voices of indigenous groups have reached a global audience not only as a result of political activism but also through their cultural production over the past thirty years. As well as analysing “traditional” literary texts in this course, students will access new media to engage with contemporary indigenous hip-hop, art and film. It will be taught by Dr Sandra Collins.

SP45JH: IBERIAN CROSSROADS: CONTEMPORARY SPANISH FILM B

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

This course will study contemporary Spanish film with reference to both local references and global currents. Spanish artistic production, like all culture, is increasingly tuned into international circuits, where filmmakers find material and inspiration for their creations from a wide range of settings. Therefore, we will think of Spain as a crossroads, a meeting ground of different historical influences, connected to a global network of migrations and communications. In our readings of these films, we will ask how personal and collective subjectivity is defined in relation to both local and global contexts.

SP45YA: KEY TOPICS IN MODERN SPANISH CULTURE 2B

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

This course offers an opportunity to study a theme in Hispanic culture. In 2015-16 the theme will be Narrating Collective Pasts in the Hispanic World. People in all societies give collective accounts of their collective pasts. However, these accounts differ in kind from one society to another, even across the Hispanic world. The first part of the course looks at different approaches to the study of such accounts. The second part compares accounts of collective pasts across the Hispanic world, focusing on “history” as one way of narrating a collective past. It will be taught by Dr Stack.

SP45ZA: KEY TOPICS IN MODERN LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE 2B

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

This course offers an opportunity to study a theme in modern Latin American culture. In 2015-16 the theme will be concepts of nation and progress in the Southern Cone in the second half of the nineteenth century, and how they were influenced by the spread of ideologies such as Liberalism, Conservatism and Positivism. It will be taught by Dr Sandra Collins.

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