Study Abroad and Exchanges



SPA4008 : Youth Cultures in Spain, Portugal & Latin America

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML: To develop critical reading skills in Spanish and/or Portuguese for stage 4 students.
- To provide access to contemporary academic literature on cultural studies and social studies on youth cultures from Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

This module -taught in English, and assessed in English, Spanish and Portuguese- will provide students with information and analyses of contemporary urban and rural youth cultures in Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Most countries in Latin America are statistically "young societies," with a substantial proportion of their populations under the age of thirty. Many important changes these societies go through are perceived and interpreted by the young in a way that is peculiar and influential as well. Also, many important social and cultural movements of relevant impact in the region have then been ‘youth movements’, as they involved this age group.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Youth cultures: Interpretative frames.
2. Transitions to adulthood. Cases from Spain and Chile.
3. Youth subcultures. Case studies from Brazil and Mexico
4. Youth cultures and migration. Case studies from Spain, Portugal and the US
5. Youth and politics. Case studies from Spain, Portugal and Argentina.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Class Tests
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery20:000:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1162:00162:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module will combine lectures and seminar sessions. After one general introductory lecture for the module, one introductory lecture for each of the four main topics will be followed by the study of specific cases from different countries. Different groups will lead the discussion on the assigned readings for specific sessions, providing information beyond the readings about the specific cases.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A703000 word essay in English
Case study1M30Case study report in Week 8 to be written in Spanish or Portuguese
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Case study1M1000 word case study report in Week 4 written in Spanish or Portuguese
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Resit information:- One 3000 word essay in English

The case study report in the target language of choice tests students’ ability to process academic literature in the target language. The first one submitted in week 4 does not count in the final mark but is assessed and with extensive individual feedback. The second one in week 8 is marked.
The essay tests research and writing skills.

Reading Lists