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Unit information: Critical Concepts in the Study of the Hispanic World in 2022/23

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Unit name Critical Concepts in the Study of the Hispanic World
Unit code HISP10010
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Jo Crow
Open unit status Not open
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School/department Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Unit Information

Students studying this unit must hold an A Level in Spanish Language or have similar proficiency.

This unit will explore the major themes and concepts which students need to comprehend in order to understand the cultures, histories and literatures of the Hispanic world. Moving through themes such as gender, narrative, popular culture, linguistics, colonialism and identity, the unit will introduce students to the major theoretical and conceptual approaches to the study of the Hispanic world. In seminars students will explore 8 key texts or sources in detail, and analyse these in their cultural, political and historical contexts.

Your learning on this unit

On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. an understanding of the major critical concepts and theories that are employed to understand the histories, cultures and politics of the Hispanic world;
  2. an ability to analyse texts and images from a critical and theoretically informed perspective, and have developed the capacity to critically assess texts, images and films and to comment on and judge meaning and intention.
  3. skills in critical analysis appropriate to Level C.

How you will learn

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities, including seminars, lectures, and collaborative as well as self-directed learning opportunities supported by tutor consultation

How you will be assessed

One learning portfolio (accounting for 100% of the mark), consisting of 6 x 500-word reports (total 3000 words) discussed in weekly seminars. The portfolio will test ILOs 1-3.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.