Spanish Studies second year modules

Core modules:

Beginners level: Spanish Language II ex-prelims - 20 credits

The module aims to practice the four skills (writing, reading, speaking and listening) and engage the student actively in the learning process through group presentations, class work, and independent learning. The sessions are organised according to relevant and up-to date topics that relate to cultural and current affairs in Spain and Latin America. Both class activities and independent learning include debates, group presentations, listening practice, grammar review and developing writing skills, based on and reinforced by two language textbooks.

Beginners level (for those students taking 60 or 80 credits): Hispanic Literature: Texts and Contexts Intermediate - 20 credits

This module will provide a broad-based overview of a selection of the most important, accessible -and most enjoyable- texts from Hispanic literature (Medieval and Golden-Age Spain, 20th-century Spain and Latin-America and the Hispanic Caribbean). Texts studied include examples of poetry, drama, and narrative. Each text is introduced in lectures and then explored in more depth, in small seminar groups. Both lectures and seminars are taught by a range of staff, all of whom are specialists in the field.

Advanced level: Spanish Language II post A-level - 20 credits

The module aims to practice the four skills (writing, reading, speaking and listening) and engage the student actively in the learning process through debates, class work, and independent learning. The sessions are organised according to relevant and up-to date topics that relate to cultural and current affairs in Spain and Latin America. Both class activities and independent learning include debates, translations, listening practice, grammar review and developing writing skills, primarily based on one language textbook with provision of additional material from the tutors and available on WebCT.

Advanced level (for those students taking 80 credits): Don Quixote

This module will examine the most famous and influential work in Hispanic Literature, considering its inter-textual relations with the principal modes and genres of literature familiar to Cervantes and his contemporaries: pastoral prose and verse; the picaresque novel; the short narrative as exemplified by the Italianate novella and the plots of dramatic comedy; and, of course, the literature of chivalry. The consideration of these relations will also extend to Cervantes’ interest in the media in which such works exist and are encountered: from printed books to manuscripts, inscriptions, and oral accounts, as well as to the processes of translation and imitation that extend their reach. By the end of the module students should have developed a knowledge of the principal modes and genres of fiction in the Spanish Golden Age; an understanding of Don Quijote’s place within this literary landscape; and a more sophisticated awareness of the roles of the author, narrator, translator and reader in relation to a text; and should have acquired the skills to analyse extracts from the texts, evaluating how the elements of the novel establish its meaning for the critical reader.

Optional modules:

Modules vary from year to year but a typical list would be:

  • Catalan language and culture (beginners and level 2)
  • Galician language and culture (beginners and level 2)
  • Portuguese language and culture (beginners and level 2)
  • Basque language and culture (beginners and level 2)
  • Life writing in contemporary Spain (20 credits)
  • Spanish cinema (20 credits)
  • Literature & Society in 20th Century Latin America (20 credits)
  • Don Quixote (as an option, 10 credits)
  • Conquest, Empire & Inquisition in 16C Spain (10 credits)
  • Contemporary Latin American History and Society (10 credits)
  • Barcelona: Urban Space & Cultural Identity (10 credits)
  • Linguistics (10 credits)
  • Galician Portuguese Medieval Lyric (10 credits)
  • Portuguese Literature (10 credits)
  • Brazilian Literature (10 credits)
  • Origins of the Spanish Comedia (10 credits)
  • Narratives of Violence (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Spanish Caribbean History, Literature and Popular Culture (10 credits)
  • Basque Society & Culture (10 credits)
  • Constructing Community in Catalan-speaking territories (10 credits)
  • Love, Sin and Death in Medieval Spain (10 credits)
 

Disclaimer

Modules and courses are constantly updated and under review. As with most academic programmes, please remember that it is possible that a module may not be offered in any particular year, for instance because a member of staff is on study leave or too few students opt for it. The University of Birmingham reserves the right to vary or withdraw any course or module.