Module Catalogue 2023/24

LAS4010 : Cultura y Política en Colombia

LAS4010 : Cultura y Política en Colombia

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Nick Morgan
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

Code Title
SPA4081Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Advanced Writing Skills
SPA4082Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes
Co Requisite Comment

This course requires students to express complex ideas in Spanish, and also follow audiovisual material and written texts that require a high level of linguistic competence.


In keeping with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, the purpose of this course is to introduce students to the key issues in cultural politics in Colombia today. It will allow students to apply the critical skills acquired at stages one and two, plus the linguistic competence gained during the year abroad, to the study of the target culture. As they develop their analytical capacities, students will also gain a deeper understanding of Colombia's complex socio-cultural environment.

Constructed around the three main themes of race, class and gender, this module provides an in-depth introduction to cultural politics in Colombia. Students will study different forms of cultural production, ranging from telenovelas to reggaeton and from journalism to literature. In the process, they will gain insights into the complex socio-cultural mosaic that is Colombia today.

Outline Of Syllabus

In theoretical terms, this module focuses on approaches to cultural analysis that emphasise the themes of race, class and gender. However, the course is organised around different forms of cultural production and different cultural practices: telenovela, novel, TV, film, journalism, music and dance, showing how the main themes are represented in each of these forms.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Knowledge of key issues in the socio-cultural field known as Colombia. These include notions such as nationalism, regional identity, race, class and gender, analysed with reference to theoretical concepts such as representation, performance and hegemony. Students will be able to use these ideas to analyse specific case studies, thereby demonstrating their ability to apply and where necessary re-evaluate theoretical assumptions in the light of examples of lived experience.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students will develop the ability to:

•       Take notes effectively from recorded lecture materials, seminar discussions, journals and secondary
•       Find secondary material in bibliographies devoted to Latin American studies, and critically engage with
these materials in order to assess their relevance and use for assignments.
•       Operate effectively in group discussions.
•       Analyse closely a range of cultural products and practices- e.g. adverts, music videos, news programmes,
soap operas, excerpts from films, cultural practices.
•       Carry out effective analysis of a specific cultural practice in relation to at least two of the key
concepts covered during the course (mestizaje/ hybridity/
•       Develop the necessary skill set for writing a competent essay that is able to structure and present a
clear argument.
•       Develop autonomy in independent study, particularly in the management and assessment of a wide range of

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00Present-in-Person
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials101:0010:00Non-synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Present-in-Person (seminars)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Synchronous online (tutorial)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1127:00127:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

We adopt flexible, blended learning methods and strategies to introduce students to the analysis of the relationship between culture and politics in Colombia. Lectures, both in the form of present in person sessions (where practicable) and in the form of non-synchronous online teaching, will outline general principles, illustrated by specific examples, and be supplemented by structured independent reading and guided online learning activities. Small group teaching, noted above as synchronous present-in-person or, if necessary, online synchronous teaching, will allow students to examine cultural products and explore local contexts, allowing for detailed discussion and analysis as well as revisiting and reinforcing knowledge from the lecture materials and online guided activities. Seminars will provide the students with the opportunity to lead discussion on a topic through interactive activities that develop their independent thinking and critical analysis. Both types of learning activities will include advice on how to prepare for assessment. Surgery hours allow students to consult the module leader with any particular difficulties in understanding concepts, tasks, etc. Independent learning includes preparation for small group work, further reading and assessment.This course depends heavily on audiovisual material and the online self study units make this easier to to manage, monitor and develop. It also enables students to engage with more detailed case studies than would otherwise be possible.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601M30In-class test in Spanish, showing grasp of concepts and their application in context.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A702500 word essay in English
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MWorksheet requiring short answers on key concepts.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The in-class test in Spanish allows students to demonstrate their grasp of the foundational concepts required for the analysis of culture and politics in Colombia, while the final summative assessment allows students to build on the feedback gained both from the formative assessment, done in mid-semester, and the written exercise in order to express the knowledge and skills developed over the whole semester. The final essay has more weight as it is here that students will be able to apply their knowledge to the in-depth analysis of a specific cultural issue of their own choice.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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