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Module Title Spanish Culture and Society (Beginners)
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 aims to provide students with an introduction to culture and society in contemporary Spain and Latinamerican countries. The main purpose of this module is to further develop students’ analytical and critical skills through the academic study of literary texts, films and art. The module is delivered in Spanish and English and aims to deepen students’ knowledge of Spanish culture and society.

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. Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues by accessing a range of media and online reliable resources and tools independently
4. Read and reflect in writing on a number of Spanish literary texts
5. Analyse the literary, social and cultural discourse in contemporary Spain

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study80Students have to complete reading of different academic and media texts and interactive material
Assignment Completion33Reading 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

The aim of this module is to study different aspects that have affected and shaped Spanish identity and society through the analysis of different cultural representations (literature, film, and art). To this end, students learn about historical periods and characters, the most important literary works that have helped to create a Spanish national identity that is greatly distinguished from other European ones. The analysis of contemporary literary texts and films will allow students to learn about topics and events such as the Spanish Civil and democracy in Spain, and issues of gender and sexuality that affect contemporary Spanish society

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
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,
  • 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,
  • Federico García Lorca: 0, La casa de Bernarda Alba, http://www.cervantesvirtual.com/obra-visor/la-casa-de-bernarda-alba-775125/html/6aef1659-90e7-443f-bd6c-a8fe62c4c04a_2.html,
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