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This course employs a historical approach to study Hispanic civilisation and culture. The first part of the course will focus on Spanish history and culture and the second part will be devoted to the history and the culture of Latin America. This course requires previous knowledge of Spanish as part of its content and some assessments will be entirely in Spanish.
SPAN305 is a half-year course designed to introduce the student to significant people, events, places and cultural practices throughout the Spanish-speaking world from the early days of their civilisations until the present. This course employs a historical approach to study Hispanic culture, thus creating an inter-textual dialogue between the past and the present. It is structured so that the first part of the course will focus on Spanish history and culture, and the second part will be dedicated to the history and the culture of Latin America; emphasis will be placed throughout the course on their interaction and its consequences. Since it is impossible to cover in depth all aspects of civilisations that have existed for a period of more than 2,000 years, the course will cover only those features most important to the exploration of the ways in which both Spain and Latin America have evolved to its present state. This course requires knowledge of Spanish at 200 level as part of it is taught in Spanish.
By the end of the course students will …1. Have a thorough overview and understanding of the history and the development of Spanish and Latin American culture and civilization, and their inter-textual dialogue between the past and the present, through the knowledge of major events and important movements, figures, and influences on and from Spain and Latin America throughout history.2. Have an understanding of the multifaceted nature of the people who inhabit Spain and Latin America today, and be able to develop a sense of solidarity with the hopes, dreams and struggles of the people in Latin America.3. Have a more in-depth knowledge of the major European/Spanish and Latin American cultural and artistic movements, and of a variety of examples of art, literature and architecture of Spain and the native people of the Americas before the conquest, as well as artistic, literary and architectural examples resulting of the cultural blending after the conquest. By analogy, this knowledge can make students more attuned to bicultural contexts in the modern world.4. Have developed intellectual curiosity and be able to comprehend the influence of global conditions on Spain and Latin America and, thus, acquired enhanced global and intercultural understanding and competency in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts. 5. Have acquired a heightened understanding of biculturalism in New Zealand, by reflecting on and establishing parallels between the processes of colonization of Hispanic America and Aotearoa.6. Be able to conduct research and write some appropriate length papers in Spanish language (informative and analytical) on Spanish and Latin American culture.7. Show a good level of critical thinking and argumentative skills, thus further engraining critical competence in students, which extends far beyond Spanish studies, through active participation in class, and writing up of the analytical essay.8. Have gained confidence in public speaking (rhetoric: argumentation and persuasion), a highly employable trait for many disciplines, thanks to brief oral presentations in English for the junior students (200 level), in consistence with the Māori mentoring scheme tuakana-teina, and oral presentations in Spanish for classmates at 300 level.9. Have developed competence in reading a variety of texts in their original language (Spanish), such as historical, political, and literary documents.10. Have developed heightened linguistic proficiency in written and oral Spanish expression, thanks to the writing up of an informative essay and an analytical essay, and an oral presentation.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
45 points at the 200 level, including SPAN202 orplacement test.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences Head of Department
• Fuentes, C. 1999. The buried mirror: Reflections on Spain and the New World 1st Mariner Books edition, Houghton Mifflin.• Materials and links posted on Learn.There is a Learn (Moodle) component to this course. [Access from UC home page Logins (top right corner of home page) LEARN Log in using your student user code, something like thd174 on the left hand side you will see links for all of your courses with Learn components.]Some additional materials will be handed in in class. Links for additional material for homework and/or self-learning will be posted on Learn.Other material, which may be helpful, can be found in the Library Subject Guides: http://canterbury.libguides.com/span
Library portalLEARN The full Course Outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).
Domestic fee $1,523.00
International fee $6,375.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences.