Module Catalogue 2023/24

SPA4005 : Cultura Popular en España y Cuba

SPA4005 : Cultura Popular en España y Cuba

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jorge Catala-Carrasco
  • 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

Co Requisite Comment

This is a stage 4 module taught in Spanish and available to students taking SPA4081.


In consonance with the overall aim of the degrees offered in the SML, to contribute to students’ broad-based knowledge of aspects of the history, politics, society and culture of a variety of Hispanic countries, focusing on popular culture Spain and Cuba.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module problematizes popular culture manifestations in Spain and Cuba. Drawing primarily on cultural history and cultural studies, the module will examine different variations and uses of popular culture manifestations in Spain and Cuba that inform about the problematic assumptions surrounding what is commonly considered popular culture. Students will be able, through a comparative focus and specific case studies, to contextualize both countries through the 20th and 21st centuries, and to engage in critical discussions about related areas of study such as, popular culture and mass culture, popular culture and propaganda, representations of gender roles through popular culture, censorship, popular culture and the 2008 economic crisis. Using graphic narrative, films, videos, songs and posters as main forms of cultural production, the students will not only gain deeper knowledge of both countries studied but also a thorough understanding of concepts like the collective and the individual, gender and class. The module is taught entirely in Spanish and students may use English or Spanish in class discussions.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

1. A critical awareness of 20th and 21st century Hispanic cultures (Spain and Cuba)
2. Critical perspectives on issues of cultural identity, culture industry, mass media, political and social oppression and political culture.
3. Knowledge of the role played by popular culture in Latin America and Spain during the 20th and 21st century and the debates concerning mass culture, high and low culture, young culture in the region.
4. To prepare students for more specialist study in Hispanic cultural studies.

Intended Skill Outcomes

1. Ability to analyse and historically contextualize different forms of popular culture in Spain and Latin America.
2. Linguistic skills in written work in the target language, including the deployment of specialist critical and scholarly lexis and discourse. They should be able to differentiate local varieties of oral and written Spanish language.
3. Linguistic and communication skills in speaking in the target language in a formal context (presentations)
4. Ability to take notes from books, journals, and primary texts in both English and the target language
5. Ability to contextualize relevant cultural discourses and authors about mass media, popular culture and the culture industry in Spain and Latin America.
6. Ability to argue opinions convincingly in English and the target language.
7. Ability to give an oral presentation in Spanish in the form of a jointly prepared seminar paper.
8. Ability to work in pairs and small groups.
9. Ability to write well-argued and analytical essays in the target language.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00Asynchronous and structured reading materials to complement the lecture in person every week.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00Present-in-Person
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Present-in-Person
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities110:0010:00Quizzes, and guided reading in CANVAS
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1127:00127:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Structured guided learning is kept in the module as it provides extra support for students. It will provide the scaffolding for the entire module and expand the material covered every week in the lecture and seminar sessions. The focus on present-in-person teaching facilitates personal interaction, allowing time in the seminars for in-depth discussion to expand on points covered in the structured guided learning activities and the lecture-in-person. Methodologically, the combination of practical/theoretical present-in-person sessions with short and focused structured lecture materials in CANVAS is more adequate pedagogically. Learning outcomes will not be altered and students will be able met the learning outcomes in a more effective way.

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 Week 7
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M702,500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The in-class test will test key concepts and discussions around popular culture theory, while allowing students to demonstrate critical thinking skills. The final essay will allow students to engage with further reading and develop deeper critical thinking skills. The essay will test the students’ organisational skills, logic and ability to cohere a longer text in response to a specific question.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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