The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
The degree programme is four years in length, and you will spend your third year abroad.
In this programme, you study half of your modules (60 credits) in Hispanic Studies and half in History (60 credits)
Hispanic Studies: Your first year in Hispanic Studies will involve core language modules which will develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills (at advanced or beginner level) in your chosen language. Your learning groups are usually very small ensuring that you have an excellent learning environment and receive individual attention and support. Practical language classes involve both whole-group and small-group/pair-work activities with emphasis on communicative settings, use of visual aids, audio/video recordings and the Internet. The digital language laboratories will also be used where appropriate
Those who have Spanish to A level (or equivalent) are taught separately for language and also follow modules which deal with different aspects of Hispanic literature, politics, history or film. These will be taught through a mixture of lectures and follow-up seminars which involve in-depth discussion of the topics covered.
History: The first year is the foundational year in an academic process that will see you progress from being a dependent to an independent learner. You will study modules spanning the early medieval to late modern periods. You can choose two of the following five survey modules, one taken in the Autumn Term and one taken in the Spring Term: Discovering the Middle Ages, Living in the Middle Ages, The Making of the Modern World 1500-1815, The Making of the Contemporary World 1815-2000, War and Society (20 credits per module). These explore fundamental themes and issues focused on key periods and indicate the kinds of questions historians explore and some of the methods they employ in answering them. You will also study Practising History (A): Skills in History (Autumn semester) and Practising History (B): Approaches to History (Spring semester), which look more closely at the techniques of the historian and at the nature and evolution of key historical debates.
Hispanic Studies: During your second year in Hispanic Studies, you will develop your language skills even further, as well as deepening your understanding of the culture and society in the countries of your target language. You will have a wider selection of modules to choose from, which can change year-on-year (due to study leave for example) and will depend upon which language you are studying (and whether you entered on the advanced / beginner stream).
History: The second year is an intermediate year that builds on the foundations laid in the first year of study. You engage in a Group Research module in the Autumn Term and extend your historical knowledge through a subject-specific module chosen from a wide range available from Option B in the Spring Term. You can then choose one of the following 20 credit modules: History in Theory and Practice, Research Methods (Dissertation Preparation) (please note this module must be studied if a History 40 credit dissertation is to be taken in the final year) and may also be able to take a Professional Skills module (please note that places on this module are limited).
The third year is spent abroad. You attend a university (or universities) in a country of your language of study, such as Spain, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador or Mexico. You'll perfect your language skills and prepare a dissertation on an Hispanic theme. The year abroad is one of the most exciting aspects of the programme and many graduates remember it as one of the best years of their life.
Hispanic Studies: We offer a range of options in the final year alongside core language modules, which reflect staff research interests, from advanced translation skills to Piracy and Conspiracy, and US Latino Culture.
History: The fourth year represents the culmination of undergraduate study and the final stage of your transition to an independent learner. You hone your historical skills in Advanced Option A or Advanced Option B and you also undertake an in-depth Special Subject module, which is chosen from a variety of available subjects. Students can substitute an Advanced Option for a Joint Honours History Dissertation (20 credits).