SPAN 2112 - Introduction to the Culture of Spain
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
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 2101 Assumed Knowledge Intermediate level 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 Coordinator: Dr Jorge Paredes
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn 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
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Required ResourcesHistoria, cultura y civilización de España. Course reader.
Learning & Teaching Activities
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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 SummaryWeek 1: 26 de julio
- Introducción al curso.
- La España actual. ¿Con qué asociamos a España? ¿Qué es la
“españolidad”? ¿Cuáles son los principales prototipos sobre los
- Los primeros pobladores:
Tartesos estaba al fin del mundo.
Fenicios, griegos y cartagineses.
Tutoría: No hay tutorías la primera semana.
Week 2: 2 de agosto
- Hispania: la Península Ibérica bajo dominio romano.
- La Península visigótica (contribuciones culturales de los
Tutoría: Rebelión de Viriato contra los romanos.
Week 3: 9 de agosto
La España islámica
Tutoría: La mujer en la España musulmana.
Week 4: 16 de agosto
- Presentación oral número 1: El legado cultural árabe en España
- Presentación oral número 2: La Reconquista
- La conquista cristiana.
- De los Reyes Católicos a Carlos I.
Tutoría: El descubrimiento de América.
Week 5: 23 de agosto
- Presentación oral número 3: Juana “la loca”
- Presentación oral número 4: Felipe II.
- El Gran Imperio Español: Felipe II.
- El deterioro del Imperio Español: causas y procesos.
Tutoría: Don Carlos y Felipe II
Week 6: 30 de agosto
- Presentación oral número 5: El Siglo de Oro español.
- Presentación oral número 6: Don Quijote de La Mancha.
- Siglo XVIII y principio del XIX: la dinastía de los Borbones.
Tutoría: La leyenda negra.
Week 7: 6 de septiembre
- Presentación oral número 7: Francisco de Goya.
- Presentación oral número 8: La invasión francesa y la Guerra de Independencia.
- La pérdida de las colonias americanas.
- Fernando VII, “el esperado” e Isabel II.
Tutoría: La Revolución Gloriosa (1868)
Essay number 1 due Friday 8 September. (To be submitted by
4:00 PM via MyUni)
Week 8: 13 de septiembre
- Presentación oral número 9: Federico García Lorca y su obra
- Presentación oral número 10: El reinado de Alfonso XIII
- La Segunda República
Tutoría: La dictadura de Primo de Rivera
18 al 29 de septiembre: Mid-semester break
Week 9: 4 de octubre
- Presentación oral número 11: La Segunda República.
- Introducción a La Guerra Civil Española
Tutoría: El Rey Alfonso XIII
Week 10: 11 de octubre
- Presentación número 12: Intervención internacional en la Guerra Civil Española
- La Guerra Civil Española: causas y consecuencias.
Tutoría: El franquismo
Week 11: 18 de octubre
- Video: “Spain after Franco”
- La España democrática.
Tutoría: El Rey Juan Carlos I
Essay number 2 due, Friday 20 October. (To be submitted by
4:00 PM via MyUni)
Week 12: 25 de octubre
FINAL TEST (2 hours) during normal lecture time
Specific Course Requirements- Students must complete and pass SPAN 2101: Spanish IIA to enroll in this course.
- Students must be able to read at a higher level in Spanish to be able to deal with the written material in Spanish.
- Students must be willing and able to participate in discussions in the Spanish language.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceStudents 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.
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ASSESSMENT TASK TASK TYPE WEIGHTING COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S)
Research project / oral presentation Formative and summative 30% 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 Essay Formative and summative 40% 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9 Final test Summative 30% 1,2,5,8
Assessment Related Requirements- Students must complete and submit all assessment tasks in order to pass this course. If a student fails to submit one or more assessment task he/she will receive a final mark of Fail No Submission (FNS).
- Attendance is compulsory in this course. Students must comply with a minimun 75% attendance for both lectures and tutorials. Students who fail this attendance requirement will not be allowed to sit the final test and will receive a final mark of 49% or the actual mark they got in the semester whichever is lower.
Research project and oral presentation:
Working individually 2, students will conduct a research project in one of the topics allocated by
the course coordinator, which will be the basis for a 15-minute oral presentation in Spanish on that topic....... 30%
Students will be required to write a 1500 word essay in Spanish on one of the 2 topics allocated
by the course coordinator. Submission of the essay will depend on the date of the oral presentation............... 40%
Aninety-minute test to take place on week 13, on your knowledge of Spanish history, culture
and the main characters that have shaped Spanish identity....................................................................... 30%
SubmissionSubmission of assignments is via MyUni on the dates indicated in the "Program of Activities" in the course outline.
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
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