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Archived Version 2008 - 2009

Module Title Spanish Culture and Society (Ab Initio)
Module Code SP191
School SALIS

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Gabrielle CartyOffice NumberC2103
Level 1 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
? To introduce students to the social and political background to contemporary Spain? To introduce culture and society in contemporary Spain? To provide an introduction to the academic study of literary texts and practice basic textual analysis? To expand reading skills and vocabulary in Spanish

Learning Outcomes
? be able to identify some of the key issues that shaped modern Spanish society ? be able to comment on the impact of these issues on specific groups in Spanish society? have read and reflected on a limited number of Spanish literary texts in their historical context? have laid a foundation for the reading and analysis of a variety of texts that you will encounter later in the degree programme

Indicative Time Allowances
Independent Learning Time 75

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus

The course provides an introduction to the history and culture of in the 20th century. It surveys the Spanish Civil War and the early years of the dictatorship so that students are aware of the importance of this period in the history of as a nation. Social and cultural change in since the 1960s will then be studied with particular reference to the following: Spanish identity and the nations of ; gender and sexuality; the recent emergence of issues of immigration and multiculturalism. Students will also study a number of literary texts including poetry and extracts from novels. The focus will be on basic textual analysis, development of reading skills and, where appropriate, how the texts illustrate the issues that have shaped society in in the 20th century as studied in the course.

Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Indicative Reading List
Carr, R., 1980. Modern Spain 1887- 1980, OUPCela, C. J., 2002 (1954), Viaje a la Alcarria. Barcelona: DestinoDelibes, M., 1996. Los santos inocentes. (Santallana/ Universidad de Salamanca Leer en espa?ol edition of the 1981 novel)Graham, H., Labanyi, J., eds. 1995. Spanish Cultural Studies: An Introduction. OUP.Hooper, J. 1995. The New Spaniards, London: PenguinRoss, C. J., 2004. Spain: 1812-2004, London: Arnold.Essential Student Text: Ross, C. J., 2002. Contemporary Spain: A handbook, 2nd ed., London: ArnoldPellicer Palacin, M., 2002. Luciernagas. Barcelona: Vis-a-Via
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