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Undergraduate Spanish and Latin American Studies 2020-2021

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 diagnostic test. It is aimed at students intending to pursue an honours (single or joint) degree in Spanish and Latin American 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 diagnostic test. It is aimed at students intending to pursue an honours (single or joint) degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies but is also suitable for students on other degree programmes.

SP1038: ENCOUNTERING THE OTHER IN IBERIA AND THE AMERICAS

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

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. 

SP1528: SPANISH LANGUAGE 2

15 credits

Level 1

Second 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 diagnostic test. It is aimed at students intending to pursue an honours (single or joint) degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies but is also suitable for students on other degree programmes.

SP1536: LATIN AMERICA: A CULTURAL HISTORY

15 credits

Level 1

Second 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.

SPDIAG: SPANISH DIAGNOSTIC TEST

0 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

Students being admitted to a Spanish and Latin American 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 diagnostic test (see below).

SP2026: SPANISH LANGUAGE 4

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

This course aims to prepare intending Honours students of Spanish and Latin American 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 audio-visual study and grammatical reinforcement study.

SP2031: SPANISH LANGUAGE 5

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

This course follows Spanish Language 4 and aims to prepare non beginners intending Honours students of Spanish and Latin American 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 vocabulary 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 Spanish and Latin American 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 audio-visual 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 Spanish and Latin American 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 vocabulary 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

Full Year

This is a core prescribed course open only to Junior Honours Spanish and Latin American 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 (FOR MODE B JUNIOR HONOURS)

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This is a core prescribed course open only to Mode B Junior Honours Spanish and Latin American 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 Spanish and Latin American 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. 2000-2500 words.

SP30DF: THEORETICAL APPROACHES TO TRANSLATION STUDIES

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course will enable students to gain an insight into the theoretical framework of translation and will also enable students to grasp some of the main issues and concepts in translation theory and practice which go beyond linguistic concepts.

SP30JJ: YOUTH IN THE NOVELS AND FILMS OF THE SPANISH DICTATORSHIP

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

The course will examine novels and films of the Spanish dictatorship that deal with children and young people coming of age in a time of buried traumas, hidden longings and hopes for a better future.

SP30SC: RULE OF LAW IN LATIN AMERICA A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

Latin America is often described as a lawless land, where anything goes. Yet we will see in this course that law has been crucial to Latin America’s past and present. The problem is that the rich and powerful can put themselves above it, which means that law often ends up serving to keep the poor in their place. “Rule of law” means that the law should apply to everyone, including the powerful, and in recent years there have been calls for rule of law in Latin America. Can Latin Americans now hope for an end to impunity and injustice?

SP351E: PLAYFUL FICTIONS: CERVANTES, BORGES, CORTáZAR

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

The course will study three of the best-known writers of fictions that engage the reader in a playful manner: Miguel de Cervantes from Spain, Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar from Argentina. We will read selections from Cervantes’ masterpiece the Don Quixote de la Mancha and short stories by the other two writers. We will study the digital inflections of these writers, all of whom challenge reality and the borders between virtual (fictional) and physical worlds.  

SP351F: CITIZENSHIP IN LATIN AMERICA A

15 credits

Level 3

Second 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.

SP35FC: ADVANCED TRANSLATION SKILLS

15 credits

Level 3

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.

SP4039: DISSERTATION IN SPANISH

30 credits

Level 4

Full Year

This year-long course unit combines dissertation research with research methods training. 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 Spanish and Latin American Studies. The topic is chosen by the student, in conjunction with the dissertation coordinator and an individual Departmental supervisor, both of whom approve the topic. Students are encouraged to design their topic building on their previous studies, especially honours courses. The dissertation offers a chance for students to carry out in-depth independent study in Spanish and Latin American Studies, and to acquire and develop valuable research skills. The course begins, in the first half session, with workshops on diverse research methods and the creation of peer support groups. The second half session includes structured meetings with the dissertation supervisor and meetings with the peer support group, as well as independent research and writing.

SP40A5: SPANISH LANGUAGE 7

30 credits

Level 4

Full Year

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.

SP40DF: THEORETICAL APPROACHES TO TRANSLATION STUDIES

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

This course will enable students to gain an insight into the theoretical framework of translation and will also enable students to grasp some of the main issues and concepts in translation theory and practice which go beyond linguistic concepts.

SP40JJ: YOUTH IN THE NOVELS AND FILMS OF THE SPANISH DICTATORSHIP

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

The course will examine novels and films of the Spanish dictatorship that deal with children and young people coming of age in a time of buried traumas, hidden longings and hopes for a better future.

SP40SC: RULE OF LAW IN LATIN AMERICA B

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

Latin America is often described as a lawless land, where anything goes. Yet we will see in this course that law has been crucial to Latin America’s past and present. The problem is that the rich and powerful can put themselves above it, which means that law often ends up serving to keep the poor in their place. “Rule of law” means that the law should apply to everyone, including the powerful, and in recent years there have been calls for rule of law in Latin America. Can Latin Americans now hope for an end to impunity and injustice?

SP451E: PLAYFUL FICTIONS: CERVANTES, BORGES, CORTáZAR

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

The course will study three of the best-known writers of fictions that engage the reader in a playful manner: Miguel de Cervantes from Spain, Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar from Argentina. We will read selections from Cervantes’ masterpiece the Don Quixote de la Mancha and short stories by the other two writers. We will study the digital inflections of these writers, all of whom challenge reality and the borders between virtual (fictional) and physical worlds.  

SP451F: CITIZENSHIP IN MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA B

15 credits

Level 4

Second 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.

SP45FC: ADVANCED TRANSLATION SKILLS

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.



 

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