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Rock, Pop & Resistance (SPAN20016)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeSPAN20016
Semester 1
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In Latin America, cultural expression generally responds to specific socio-political contexts. This course explores different forms of resistance, mainly in popular music. Through the analysis of protest songs, it studies dissident social movements and artistic reactions to socio-political events. Each of the forms of expression selected for this course are explored within the socio-cultural space/time from which they emerge, telling stories of pain, loss and defeat but also the complexity and endurance of the resistance. Despite the racial, geographical, national, genre and ideological differences, all these cultural expressions share the constant search for identity and freedom.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • understand and use at an academic level strategies in the use of linguo-cultural genres at an advanced level with a focus on researching the cultures of Spanish-speaking societies in late 20th- and 21st centuries;
  • be able to contextualize and research the dissident music, literature and social movements in the Latin America;
  • understand the role of popular music studies and cultural studies in shaping Hispanic Studies research as a global discipline;
  • have researched and explored issues of social and cultural dissidence in Latin America;
  • understand and research the social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness of the major Spanish-language cultural practices around the world as expressed via popular music;
  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly, bilingually and economically through researching in the form of academic essays on Spanish-language culture;
  • understand and research the linguo-cultural acquisition and contextualisation of judgements and knowledge process, developing a critical self-awareness and being open to new ideas and new aspects of contemporary Hispanic cultures both in English and Spanish showing autonomous, self-directed and academic-level skills;
  • be able to develop critical interpretation of song lyrics as a way of cultural expression of resistance based on research.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should:

  • have an understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness/openness to the world: through the contextualisation of judgements and knowledge, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and new aspects of Hispanic culture, and by formulating arguments;
  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations;
  • have developed public speaking skills and confidence in self-expression through tutorial participation and class presentations.

Last updated: 10 August 2019