SPAN 2112 - Introduction to the Culture of Spain

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This course is a general introduction to the conformation of the Spanish culture from the time of the Roman invasion onwards. It is aimed at students with little or no knowledge of the Iberian Peninsula. The main periods in Spanish cultural history to be emphasised are: Muslim Spain (708-1492); the reigns of the Catholic Kings and Carlos V; the Spanish Golden Age; 19th Century Spanish society and culture; the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939); and democratic Spain (from 1975 onwards). Spanish culture will be studied and discussed from a variety of topics and perspectives, the most relevant being race relations, the role of the Catholic Church in the shaping of Spanish society and culture, militarism, literature as reflection of social reality, nationalism, and contemporary cinema. Lectures for this course will be conducted in English and tutorials in Spanish. Reading and screening material will be mostly in Spanish.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code SPAN 2112
    Course Introduction to the Culture of Spain
    Coordinating Unit Spanish Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites SPAN 1004
    Assumed Knowledge Basic oral & written knowledge of the Spanish language
    Course Description This course is a general introduction to the conformation of the Spanish culture from the time of the Roman invasion onwards. It is aimed at students with little or no knowledge of the Iberian Peninsula. The main periods in Spanish cultural history to be emphasised are: Muslim Spain (708-1492); the reigns of the Catholic Kings and Carlos V; the Spanish Golden Age; 19th Century Spanish society and culture; the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939); and democratic Spain (from 1975 onwards). Spanish culture will be studied and discussed from a variety of topics and perspectives, the most relevant being race relations, the role of the Catholic Church in the shaping of Spanish society and culture, militarism, literature as reflection of social reality, nationalism, and contemporary cinema.

    Lectures for this course will be conducted in English and tutorials in Spanish. Reading and screening material will be mostly in Spanish.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jorge Paredes

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Acquire an advanced level of knowledge and understanding of the historical development of Spanish culture.
    2. Heighten their awareness and understanding of different ways of seeing the world, with an emphasis on the Hispanic world view.
    3. Further their understanding of and respect for global cultural difference and diversity combined with a knowledge and understanding of the issues involved in intercultural communication.
    4. Advance their ability to communicate effectively with their peers in Spanish and to discuss issues related to Spanish culture and history.
    5. Identify the most important events and historical characters in the development of Spanish culture.
    6. Write essays of 1500 words or more in Spanish on specific topics that pertain to the Spanish people and their culture, following academic conventions.
    7. To prepare and deliver oral presentations on Spanish culture, making use of appropriate technologies.
    8. Further develop their critical and analytical thinking skills.
    9. To discern the main cultural differences between the cultures of Australia and the Spanish-speaking world, and to ascertain the positive confluences between the two views of the world in a respectful way.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Historia, cultura y civilización de España. Course reader.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS

    WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS
    2 x 1-hour lectures per week .................................... 24 hours per semester
    1 x 1-hour tutorial per week ..................................... 12 hours per semester
    6 hours reading per week ......................................... 72 hours per semester
    2 hours research per week ....................................... 24 hours per semester
    2 hours assignment preparation per week ............... 24 hours per semester
                                                                       TOTAL = 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1: Introduction. What is Spain? What do we understand by “Spanishness”?
    Week 2: Greeks, Romans, and Visigoths in Spain.
    Week 3: The Muslim conquest and rule of Spain.
    Week 4: The “Reconquest” and the Catholic Kings.
    Week 5: The Hapsburg dynasty.
    Week 6: The Great Spanish Empire: 1492-1700
    Week 7: The French invasion and the War of Independence.
    Week 8: The Bourbon Dynasty.
    Week 9: Causes of the Spanish Civil War: poverty, social injustice and the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera.
    Week 10: The Spanish Civil War.
    Week 11: Aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.
    Week 12: Contemporary Spain.


    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Students will be organised in groups of 2 to do research on a specific topic on the cultures of Spain, as the basis for their oral presentation. Each group will produce a report on their meetings (at least 2) and their findings. The report will also include a bibliography, and it must be submitted two weeks before their oral presentation is scheduled.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    ASSESSMENT TASK                   TASK TYPE                                WEIGHTING                           COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S)
         
    2 semester tests Summative 40%                      1, 2, 5, 8
    Oral presentation Formative and summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9
    Essay Formative and summative 40% 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9
    Assessment Detail

    Tests: two 1-hour tests on weeks 6 and 12 of the semester (20% X 2) ............................................. 40% weighting.
    1000 word presentation: an oral presentation on Spanish and/or Latin American cultures.................. 20% weighting.
    Essay in Spanish: students will be required to write a 1500 word essay in Spanish
    to be submitted at the end of week 13 of the semester........................................................................ 40% weighting.
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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