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Archived Version 2010 - 2011

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

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Gabrielle CartyOffice NumberC2103
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module introduces students to culture and society in contemporary Spain, and provides an introduction to the academic study of literary texts and the practice basic textual analysis.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify some of the key issues that shaped modern Spanish society.
2. Comment on the impact of these issues in Spanish society.
3. Read and reflect on a limited number of Spanish literary texts in their historical context.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Directed learning24No Description
Independent Study77Reading and Assessment Preparation
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

History and Society
The course provides an introduction ot the history and culture of Spain in the twentieth century. It surveys the Spanish Civil War and the early years of the dictatorship to make students aware of the historical importance of this period and why it had an important impact on cultural output. Social and cultural change since the 1960s is then studied with particular reference to the following: regionalism and identity; gender and sexuality; and the emergence of issues of immigration and multiculturalism.

Literature and Culture
A number of literary texts are studied, including selected poetry by Antonio Machado and extracts from novels. The focus is on basic textual analysis, development of reading skills and, where appropriate, on how the texts illustrate the issues that have shaped Spanish society in the twentieth century as studied in the course.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Carr, Raymond: 2001, 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: 2007, Ghosts of Spain, Faber & Faber,, London,
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