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LAS2028 : Diversidad Cultural en America Latina

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Nick Morgan
  • Lecturer: Dr Josep Cru, Dr Patricia Oliart, Dr Fernando Da Silva Beleza Correia Pinto
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the School of Modern Languages, this module aims to introduce students to the study of cultural production in Latin America, introducing them to a range of relevant theoretical approaches and providing them with an in depth understanding of cultural diversity in a wide range of countries.

In addition, this module aims to make aspects of the above available to students from outside the degree.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lecture materials and synchronous teaching activities (both present-in-person and online) will introduce students to the knowledge and skills required for the comparative analysis and study of culture in context.
Case studies will be drawn from a wide range of countries (e.g. Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Venezuela) and will be used to exemplify the problems attendant on the study of the relationship between cultural diversity and the modern polities of the region.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials72:0014:00Non-synchronous online (structured lecture materials replacing what would have been lectures)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture91:009:00Present-in-Person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present-in-Person (seminar)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Synchronous online (tutorial)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1127:00127:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

We will adopt flexible, blended learning methods and strategies to introduce students to Latin American studies as a scholarly field. 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M702500-word essay in English in which students apply one or more key concepts to a topic of their own choice
Written exercise1M301000-word written assignment in Spanish, showing grasp of concepts and their application in context.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MWorksheet requiring short answers on key concepts.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The semester 1 written assignment allows students to demonstrate their grasp of the foundational concepts. The
semester 2 summative assessment allows students to build on the feedback gained from the formative assessment done in mid semester and the knowledge and skills developed over both semesters to plan and execute an assessed essay that asks them to apply their conceptual knowledge to a specific country context, in the same way that the seminars exemplify the concepts discussed in the rest of the course.

Reading Lists