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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Spanish Literature and Society
Module Code SP427
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 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The course provides an introduction to the background of Latin American diversity and examines the current dominant political, social and cultural trends in selected areas of Latin America. The module focuses on specific regions in order to address key issues of economic development, social progress and governance. Relevant cultural manifestations -literary, documentary, film and art- of Latin American's contemporary political and social reality are analysed and discussed

Learning Outcomes

1. demonstrate an awareness of the impact of decisive political, economic and social issues in selected Latin American societies.
2. evaulate critically the intervention and role of more developed powers in their relations with Latin America.
3. recognize the importance of cultural activities and production in addressing issues of political and social tension.
4. analyze and appraise the effectiveness or otherwise of testimonial literature and film when compared with documentary or 'historical' accounts
5. read, understand and communicate with increased proficiency in Spanish

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Lecture and discussion
Independent Study41Reading core texts and related texts and watching documentaries and films
Assignment Completion60Essay and presentation, research and writing
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

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.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
In Class Testn/a70%Sem 1 End
Oral ExaminationPresentation to the class of essay topic30%Sem 1 End
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

  • Beguán, Viviana, Kozameh, Alicia et al: 2006, Nosotras, presas políticas, 1974-1983, Nuestra America, Buenos Aires,
  • Cavarozzi, Marcelo: 0, Autoritarismo y democracia (1955-2006), Emecé, Buenos Aires,
  • Diaz, Gwendolyn.: 2007, Women and Power in Argentine Literature., University of Texas Press, Terxas,
  • Craft, Linda J.: 1997, Novels of testimony and resistance from Central America, Florida, University Press of Florida,
  • Kirby, Peadar: 2003, Introduction to Latin America., SAGE, London,
  • Kozameh, Alicia.: 1987, Pasos bajo el agua, Contrapunto, Buenos Aires,
  • Pilger, John: 2008, The War on Democracy (dvd), Lionsgate, UK,
  • Puenzo, Luis: 2005, La historia oficial (dvd), UK, Arrow Films,
  • Pollmann, Leo: 1998, La separación de los estilos: para una historia de la conciencia literaria argentina, Vervuert, Frankfurt am Main: Madrid,
  • Ward, John: 2004, Latin America. Development and conflict since 1945, Routledge, New York,
  • Zamora, Daisy: 2002, La espuma violenta, Curbstone Press, Connecticut,
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Date of Last Revision01-FEB-12

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