Hispanic Cultural Studies 1

Subject SPAN20001 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 x1.5 hour seminars per week
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours/week, 5.5 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Spanish Beginners Language & Culture B or Spanish Intermediate Language/Culture B or LaTrobe-Spanish Language and Culture 1B.
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: none
Recommended Background Knowledge: none
Non Allowed Subjects: none
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Dr Lara Anderson, Mr Diego Mendez



Subject Overview:

Spanish is the first language of 23 countries which span two continents and the second language in the United States of America. Using this diversity as a starting point, this subject expands students" understanding of and appreciation for Spanish-speaking cultures and communities through a selection of popular films, which are among the richest sources of cultural information. Using a historical framework, the movies are divided in themes steeped in cultural, historical and political significance. This subject allows students to sharpen their skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and researching through an integrative learning experience that involves using the Spanish language to examine critically key cultural products and historical moments in the Hispanic World.

  • Be familiar with the different cultures that form part of the Hispanic World.
  • understand how cultural production interacts with society.
  • be familiar with issues of concern to the contemporary Hispanic world, such as linguistic and cultural diversity, immigration, ethnicity and gender.
Assessment: A mid-semester in-class written test of 1,000 words 25% (1 hour). and a 1,000 word written test in the final week of semester 25%. a 1,500 word essay due in the examination period 40%. tutorial participation 10%.
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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • enhanced analytical skills.
  • enhanced observational skills.
  • enhanced communication skills.
  • enhanced critical skills.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (Spanish)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Spanish
Spanish Major

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