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SP30YB: KEY TOPICS IN SPANISH AND LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE 1A (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19


Course Overview

This course will introduce students to several key texts from Latina/o cultural production. It will also introduce a key question in contemporary cultural and plant studies analyses: how plants are represented in Latina/o American narrative from colonial to contemporary times? To this end we will study chronicles, poems, novels, plays, short stories and audio-visual narratives that have had a broad impact in the Spanish and English-speaking world. It will investigate how the plants from these stories have an influence in these narratives.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Timothy Baker

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either European Studies (EU) or Spanish And Latin American Studies (SP)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

Plants are used by humans for food, clothing, medicine, cosmetics, ornaments, symbols, among other purposes. Besides their vital role in our world, they are understood as a mere commodity, and they are uncommon or non-central characters in narratives. In this course, plants will be place at the centre and in relation to other species.

This course aims to acquaint students with the tools of close reading analysis, taking into consideration critical plant theory and the historical context surrounding these texts. We will focus on specific authors and plants from these texts: corn plant, juniper tree, asphodel, coffee plant, among others. By the end of the course, students should be able to elaborate knowledgeable analysis of the texts we study, taking into account biocentric close readings as well as the social-historical contexts of the plants studied.


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8 - 18

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Seminar Assessment Mark

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 15
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Oral and written feedback.

Learning Outcomes
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Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 70
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Feedback

Written and Oral feedback.

Word Count 2000
Learning Outcomes
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Presentation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 15
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Oral and written feedback.

Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

one 2,000 word essay submission

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
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Feedback Written
Learning Outcomes
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Course Learning Outcomes

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