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This subject is aimed at enabling students to substantially advance in their learning of Spanish language and Hispanic cultures, while also providing them with opportunities to develop workplace skills. In this subject, students will analyse sophisticated canonical and non-canonical texts that emerged from the major Spanish and Latin American literary movements. Advanced knowledge of the Spanish language will be promoted by studying, analysing and understanding texts such as short stories, theatre, poetry and essays. Students will study advanced Spanish language structures, such as complex verbal forms (e.g. subjunctive mode) and complex sentence structures, through textual analysis, essay writing, oral presentation and in-class discussion. Academic skills are enhanced through learning how to write scholarly essays in Spanish and to do close readings in a variety of genres, while community leadership skills are developed through peer mentorship, and oral skills improved through individual and group presentations.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- Be able to interpret, research and self-reflect on academic and everyday communication across the comprehensive understanding of linguocultural genres in the target language relative to the entry level;
- understand and self-reflect on the use of Spanish in real-life situations and be learn the specific fluency of linguo-cultural genres produced in the Spanish and Latin American economic, intellectual, cultural and social context;
- have learnt to research and self-reflect on the linguo-cultural genres within their historical, cultural and anthropological differences within the Spanish-speaking communities from Spain and Latin-America;
- learnt to self-reflect on researching using advanced critical theory as a tool to approach specific topics in the target language in order to link Spanish and Latin American popular together with academic language and culture;
- be able to self-reflect on researching about diversity and background difference by critically using and evaluating main linguo-cultural genres as present in Spanish-speaking cultures and including the viewpoint of the target culture;
- be able to articulate intellectually sophisticated conversations with both native and non-native speakers in the target language about self-reflecting on research on relevant historical and cultural topics in Spanish and Latin American genres as a bicultural and bilingual person;
- understand and learn to self-reflect on researching linguo-cultural genre theory both in English and Spanish showing autonomous, self-directed and academic-level skills;
- be able to confidently self-reflect on the use of linguo-cultural research topics as reflected in sophisticated conversations with both native and non-native speakers in the target language about the evolution of language and culture as present in Spanish and Latin American linguo-cultural genres and texts and relate them to contemporary Spanish Speaking Australia and the Eastern Pacific Rim.
Students who successfully complete this subject should develop the following skills:
- have developed research skills: through the study of advanced research methods as applied to the analysis of literary texts;
- have developed critical thinking: through in-class discussions and oral presentations;
- have developed critical reading and text analysis: through the completion of short literary analysis exercises and papers;
- have developed skills in the communication of knowledge and be able to defend critical ideas in public: through class presentations and class participation;
- have an understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts: through critical analysis of selected canonical and non-canonical texts;
- be able to demonstrate sophisticated and self-reflective textual analysis: through, test, essay and assignment writing.
Last updated: 1 June 2020