Hispanic Dictatorships

Subject SPAN30001 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (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: 1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 2 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours/week , 5 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: 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: Previously available as 116-219 Hispanic Dictatorships and 116-320 Hispanic Cultural Studies 2. Students who have completed these subjects are not allowed to enrol in this subject.
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 Mara Favoretto



Subject Overview:

The nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Latin America and Spain have seen the rise and fall of numerous miltary regimes. This course will explore the cultural manifestations of both propaganda of and resistance to several of these dictatorships in Spain and Argentina. In this course we have access to a wide range of primary sources: culinary texts, theatre, the novel, political speeches, music, and film. Our analysis of this material focuses on issues such as writing/performing under censorship, the propaganda of the military regimes themselves.


  • To learn about Spanish and Argentine Military Regimes
  • In the case of Spain and Argentina, to identify the nationalistic tools used by dictators to justify their visions for their nations.
  • In the case of Spain and Argentina, to identify strategies employed by writers to evade censorship.
  • In the case of Spain and Argentina, to discuss issues pertinent to social and cultural dissidence.
Assessment: A mid-semester in-class written test 25% (1 hour). an end of semester written test 25% (1 hour). a 1,500 word essay 40% due in the examination period. tutorial participation 10%.
Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available from the Bookshop at the beginning of semester

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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