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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Spanish Society and Literature (Intermediate)
Module Code SP190
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Julián Guzmán
Semester 2: Julián Guzmán
Autumn: Julián Guzmán
Module TeachersAlicia Castillo Villanueva
Julián Guzmán
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

This module aims to provide students with an introduction to culture and society in contemporary Spain, and to the academic study of literary texts. The module is delivered through Spanish/English.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify and describe some of the key issues that shaped contemporary Spanish society.
2. Comment on the impact of these issues on specific groups in Spanish society.
3. Read and reflect in writing on a number of Spanish literary texts.
4. Analyse the language and structures of literary, social and cultural discourse in Spanish.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study101No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Content
This course is an introduction to socio-cultural aspects of Spain in the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will analyse critically an array of texts including short stories, poetry, extracts from novels and films related to key episodes from contemporary Spain. The module provides students with a deep understanding of important social and cultural aspects such as Spanish identity and regionalism; gender and sexuality; education; and issues of migration.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Written Examn/a100%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Carr, Raymond: 2001, Modern Spain, 1875-1980, New, Oxford Paperbacks,
  • Delibes, Miguel: 1996, Los santos inocentes, Leer en español, Santillana/ Universidad de Salamanca,
  • Hooper, John: 2006, The New Spaniards, 2nd, Penguin,, London,
  • Richardson, Bill, Ross, Christopher, Sangrador-Vegas, Begoña: 2008, Contemporary Spain, Up-date of Ross's 'Contemporary Spain: a Handbook' 2002, Hodder Arnold,, London,
  • Ross, Christopher: 2009, Spain since 1812, 3rd, Hodder Education,, London,
  • Tremlett, Giles: 2006, The Ghosts of Spain, Faber & Faber,, London,
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Date of Last Revision30-SEP-09

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