Gender in Hispanic Cultures

Subject SPAN30001 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours. 1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 2 hour tutorial
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours.


Spanish 4 or Spanish 6 or Spanish Intermediate language and Culture B or Spanish Post-Intermediate 2B/3B or Latrobe Spanish Language and Culture 1B or equivalent.

Subject Code(s): SPAN10004 or SPAN20003 or SPAN10008 or SPAN20019 or SPAN30015



Recommended Background Knowledge:
  • General knowledge of the history and culture of the Spanish-speaking countries;
  • General knowledge of basic notions of gender and sexuality
Non Allowed Subjects:


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 Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Prof Alfredo Martinez-Exposito


Subject Overview:

Issues related to gender and sexuality are key to understand social and cultural practices in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries in the Americas. In this subject such issues are explored in relation to their representation in cultural texts – including fiction literature, film and TV. Major themes to be explored include gender violence, gay marriage legislation, gender reassignment legislation, post-colonial feminisms, new masculinities, and sexism in language.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete this subject will:

  • understand the significance of gender relations in contemporary Spanish-language societies
  • understand indigenous, local and regional notions of gender and sexuality in Latin America and Spain
  • critically analyse contemporary representations of gender and sexuality in literature, film and TV
  • recognise and identify instances of sexism in the Spanish language
  • continue to expand Spanish-language reading and writing skills

  • 4 x 500-word written assignments (in Spanish) due in weeks 3, 5, 7 and 9 [50%]
  • 2,000-word essay (in Spanish) due at the end of the semester [50%]

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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Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

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

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Acquire particular generic skills
  • Understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness/ openness to the word: through the contextualisation of judgements and knowledge, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and new aspects of Spanish culture, and by formulating arguments.
  • Communicating intelligibly and economically: through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussions and class presentations
  • Public speaking and confidence in self-expression: through tutorial participation and class presentations.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Gender Studies
Gender Studies
Gender Studies
Spanish Major
Spanish and Latin American Studies
Spanish and Latin American Studies
Spanish and Latin American Studies

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