|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 2|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
The focus of this subject will be on the improvement of students’ oral and written language competence and the learning of textual study skills in Spanish, through the study of selected oral and written narratives. These particular texts are part of the long tradition of Spanish and Latin American short stories or historias. Their analysis will allow students not only to understand their textual structure, but also to create their own narratives both in formal contexts (short narration, news reporting, etc.) and informal contexts (blog entry and discussion, etc.). Additionally, students will gain an appreciation of the cultural, historical and literary realities that have shaped the Spanish and Latin American modern and contemporary world. In this subject students will become proficient in using complex sentence structures and verb forms. Students will also become confident in communicating their own literary ideas both in oral and written forms by using a variety of vocabulary, oral expressions and textual analysis skills.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to interpret academic and everyday communication across the linguocultural genres and more specifically the Historia genre in the target language relative to the entry level;
- understand the use of Spanish in real-life situations and learn the specific fluency of linguo-cultural genres produced in the Spanish and Latin American economic, intellectual, cultural and social context with a particular emphasis on the Historia;
- have learnt and appreciate through the linguo-cultural genre of the Historia the historical, cultural and anthropological differences within the Spanish-speaking communities from Spain and Latin-America;
- have learnt critical theory to explore specific topics in the target language in order to link Spanish and Latin American popular and academic language and culture through the Historia genre;
- appreciate and respect diversity and background differences by critically evaluating the linguo-cultural genre of Historia as present in Spanish-speaking cultures 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 relevant historical and cultural topics in Historias in Spain and Latin American as a bicultural and bilingual person;
- understand the linguo-cultural genre acquisition process with a specific focus on Historias both in English and Spanish showing autonomous, self-directed and academic-level skills;
- be able to confidently interact in intellectually sophisticated conversations with both native and non-native speakers in the target language about the evolution of language and culture as present in Historias and relate Spanish and Latin American communities to contemporary Spanish Speaking Australia and the Eastern Pacific Rim.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed research and literacy skills: through frequent and systematic use of the library and other information sources, the definition of areas of inquiry and familiarisation with research methods;
- have developed critical thinking and analysis of language and culture: through essay writing, oral presentations and tutorial discussion, and by assessing and self-assessing the strength of own and others’ arguments;
- have an understanding of social, political and cultural contexts: through the contextualisation of judgements and knowledge, developing a critical self-awareness;
- have learned sophisticated textual analysis strategies: through the writing of short essays and assignments;
- be able to to present and defend critical ideas: through independent and guided class presentations and class participation.
Eligibility and requirements
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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
- A historia project presentation followed by a class debate during the semester equivalent to 300 words [12%]
- A 500 word final testimony language and culture focus essay due on turnitin during week 11 of the semester [13%]
- Two homework assignments of 400 words due during the semester [20%]
- Two tests of 600 words due during the semester [30%]
- A final exam of 1000 words due during the examination period [25%]
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 2
Principal coordinator Lara Anderson Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 36 hours: 2 x 1.5 hour tutorial per week Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019 Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019 Census date 31 August 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 27 September 2019 Assessment period ends 22 November 2019
Semester 2 contact information
Time commitment details
Additional delivery details
Entry to this subject can be met through:
- completion of Spanish 5; or
Corpas., Garcia., Garmendia., Aula Internacional 4. B2-1., Editorial Difusión. Barcelona: 2014
A subject reader will also be made available
- Related Handbook entries
- Breadth options
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
Additional information for this subject
Language Placement Test required
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.