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SP1038: ENCOUNTERING THE OTHER IN IBERIA AND THE AMERICAS (2020-2021)

Last modified: 14 Jul 2020 14:45


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 First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Patience Schell

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

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

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.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8 - 12, 14 - 19
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 12, 14 - 19

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1x essay 1,250 words - 30%

1x reading journal 1,000 words - 30%

group participation (pass/fail) 20%

1x article review 500 words - 20%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

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
ProceduralEvaluateStudents will develop the capacity to describe, analyse and evaluate the range of colonial encounters, and their ramifications for those involved.
ConceptualAnalyseStudents will learn about the cultural, historical, social and political aspects of colonial encounters in the Americas and Iberia.

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