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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Spanish Literature and Society
Module Code SP378
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Alicia Castillo Villanueva
Semester 2: Alicia Castillo Villanueva
Autumn: Alicia Castillo Villanueva
Module TeachersAlicia Castillo Villanueva
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module provides an introduction to the background of Latin American diversity and examines the contemporary cultural, social and political trends in selected areas of Latin America. The main purpose of this module is to further develop students’ analytical and critical skills through relevant cultural manifestations -literary, documentary, film and art. The module is delivered through Spanish and aims to improve comprehension, oral and writing skills as well as deepen students’ knowledge of culture and society.

Learning Outcomes

1. LO1. Demonstrate an awareness of the impact of decisive political, economic and social issues in selected Latin American societies.
2. LO2. Evaluate critically the intervention and role of more developed powers in their relations with Latin America.
3. LO3. Recognize the importance of cultural activities and literary production in addressing issues of political and social tension.
4. LO4. Critically analyse aspects of indigenous culture and social injustice through film and/or documentary.
5. LO5. Read, understand and communicate with increased proficiency in Spanish

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture10Online/Face to face seminars
Independent Study160Weekly tasks & independent study Students have to read different academic and media texts as well as complete different written tasks.
Assignment Completion40Project & presentation Watch and analyse a film in order to identify different aspects of cultural memory and social injustice
Assignment Completion40This assignment is based on the reading of a play and students have to complete different written and oral discussions tasks
Total Workload: 250

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
Latin American Society: Overview Political regimes and transformations in Latin America: Freedom, democracy, development, good governance and security Cultural as a means of resistance The testimonial function of literature, film, art and architecture in Latin America. Culture as a means to effect change and to exorcise the past. Indigenous cultures and developments The future for indigenous peoples and cultures in the face of rapidly expanding globalization. The materials for this module are a combination of resources from the DCU library, articles and presentations provided on the LOOP page. A list with documentary, films and readings will be provided during the presentation of the module in week 1.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group presentationIn groups watch and analyse a film or documentary film in order to identify different aspects of cultural memory, social injustice and the role of film in the transmission of memory50%n/a
AssignmentThis assignment is based on the reading of a play and students have to complete different written and oral discussions tasks50%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

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    SMPHSSSingle Module Programme (Hum Soc Sci)

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