Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
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 two compulsory language modules 'Spanish Core Advanced or Beginners I and II' which will develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. The third module is optional and you can choose between a range of optional modules including: 'History and Politics', 'Images of Hispanic Identity / Iberian Languages and Linguistics', 'Portuguese language', and 'Catalan language'.
- Practising History (A): Skills in History
- Practising History (B): Approaches to History
You will choose one of these modules:
- Discovering the Middle Ages
- Reformation, Rebellion and Revolution: Making of the Modern World 1500-1800
You will also choose one of these modules:
- Living in the Middle Ages
- The Making of the Contemporary World: Modern History c.1800 to the Present
- War and Society
History first year detailed module descriptions
Hispanic Studies: During your second year in Hispanic Studies, you will develop your language skills even further studying two compulsory language modules, 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 optional modules to choose from and will depend upon which language you are studying (and whether you entered on the advanced / beginner stream).
Choose from one of the following:
- History in Theory and Practice (20 credits)
- Research Methods (20 credits)
- Professional Skills Module (20 credits) - please note: places on this module are limited
History second year detailed module descriptions
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 a compulsory advanced language module, which reflect staff research interests, from advanced translation skills to Piracy and Conspiracy, and US Latino Culture.
- Special Subject A+B (20 + 20 credits)
Students can also take an Advanced Option A, an Advanced Option B or a Joint Honours History dissertation for a further 20 credits or two of these modules for a further 40 credits.
If you studied Research Methods (Dissertation Preparation) in year 2 you would normally be expected to do a 40 credit dissertation in History (for 80 credits in total).
History final year detailed module descriptions
Joint Honours Flexibility
Every degree programme at the University is divided into 120 credits of study for each year of the programme. In the first year of a Joint Honours programme, you will study 60 credits in each subject as you learn the core elements of the disciplines. We recognise that students on Joint Honours programmes might come to favour one subject slightly more than another. To account for this, we have added more flexibility into the second and final years of our programmes. In the second year, you can stick with the 60-60 split between the two subjects or shift to a 80-40 credit weighting, effectively a major/ minor combination. You can either go back to 60-60 in the final year, maintain the same 80-40 split or reverse the major and the minor and go to a 40-80 weighting.