LaTrobe-Spanish Language & Culture 2A

Subject SPAN20004 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, 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

On campus (Latrobe)

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5 hours of practical language classes and a 1.5 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours/week, 5.5 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: 60% or higher in LaTrobe-Spanish Langauge & Culture 1B or approval of the subject coordinator. Special enrolment arrangements apply. Students must contact the Faculty of Arts Office for application forms and further details.
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: none
Recommended Background Knowledge: none
Non Allowed Subjects: none
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request 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 of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:
Subject Overview:

In this unit students will become familiar with the basic concepts of postcolonial theory and with recent developments in identity studies, to the extent to which these bear on specific textual study. Students will develop an appreciation of the processes by which such concepts have become central to the study of the literatures of several countries which were former colonies of Spain and Portugal. Students will acquire 1) a critical understanding of how postcolonial narratives construct a sense of a distinct cultural identity; and 2) some knowledge of the broader cultural setting of the countries where these narratives were written (in Latin America: Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Brazil; in Africa: Angola, Cape Verde and Mozambique; and in Asia: Timor). For this purpose students will concentrate on a representative range of literary texts from these countries, written in Spanish or Portuguese, and translated into English.

  • be more proficient in distinguishing and handling various language registers in written, aural and oral speech.

A 1.5-hour written test 35% (due at the end of semester), written work comprising of 2500 words 50%, oral exam 15%. Students must pass the end of semester written test in order to pass the subject.

This subject has the following hurdle requirements:

  • Regular participation in tutorials is required with a minimum of 75% attendance.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.
Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day and in-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

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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 Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Spanish
Spanish Major

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