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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
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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.

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
SPAN10004 Spanish 4
Semester 2
SPAN20003 Spanish 4
Semester 2
SPAN10008 Spanish 6
Semester 2
SPAN20019 Spanish 6
Semester 2
SPAN30015 Spanish 6
Semester 2



Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
SPAN30012 Rock, Pop & Resistance
Semester 1

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Discussion Board (750 words) every Monday (a minimum of two 35-word contributions per week) and weekly contribution to class discussion [20%]

Research Project consisting of the following parts:

  • Abstract (250 words) due in week 9 [10%]
  • Oral Presentation (1000 words) due in week 10 [30%]
  • Final Essay (2000 words) due in week 12 [40%]

In this subject, your final outcome will be your own research project, an approach to an interpretation of a song, an artist’s work, or any work of art or social resistance/ dissident movement. Therefore, all pieces of assessment are connected. First, you will have to write your abstract to let others know what your project is about. Then, you will give an oral presentation to the class and get feedback from your peers; after testing your ideas, you will write a final essay. Meanwhile, you will participate on a discussion board on LMS and in class, to contribute to group discussion of issues emerging from everybody’s chosen topics and those presented in the lectures.

Hurdle Requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorMara Favoretto
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1 x 1.5 hour lecture and 1 x 1.5 hour seminar per week.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

Entry to this subject can be met through:

  • completion of Spanish 4; or
  • Spanish 6; or
  • equivalent.

Further information

Last updated: 10 August 2019