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SPA2025 : Representaciones de Revolución, Dictadura y Democracia en España y América Latina

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Patricia Oliart
  • Lecturer: Dr Fernando Da Silva Beleza Correia Pinto, Dr Jorge Catala-Carrasco
  • 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 aim of the degrees offered in the SML, the main aim is to contribute to students’ broad-based knowledge of aspects of the history, politics, society and culture in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America.
The aim of this module is to analyse artefacts of Iberian and Latin American cultural production, linked to specific historical contexts, and in the light of contemporary critical literature on cultural production, power and society. This module addresses the importance of cultural production in specific historical circumstances, from the 20th century to the present day, exploring how agents producing cultural representations (from music composers, writers, poets, film makers, to the media and state institutions) use cultural artefacts to impact on people’s relationships with power and society. The module is taught in Spanish and assessed in Spanish and English. An oral presentation in Spanish counts for 25% of the overall mark. An essay in English represents 75% of the final mark. Analysis of the material, lectures and class interactions during students’ presentations in Spanish provide useful preparation for the Year Abroad at Stage 3. Through a variety of study skills tasks, this module prepares students for more specialist study in Iberian and Latin American cultural and/or historical studies at Stage 4.

Outline Of Syllabus

-       Cultural representations, authorship and politics.

-       Popular music, poetry and politics in Spain and Latin America 1936 - 2013
-       Cases: Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Nicaragua, Chile.
-       Representation in times of political transition. 1960 - 2000
-       Literature, film and comics. Cases: Perú, Cuba and Spain.
-       Official discourses and uses of the media. Representations of Democracy and Revolution in Bolivia

-       NB Change in order of outline syllabus due to staffing changes and minor changes to rationale sections on advice of Quality Officer.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1104:00104:00Reading for seminars and research for essay.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Group presentation.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching141:0014:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Oral exam and essay writing.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

All knowledge outcomes are addressed by the mix of lectures, groups’ presentations, seminar delivery and guided research for the essay. This module is taught in SPANISH and assessed in SPANISH and ENGLISH. The oral exam allows for research on one particular topic, and to develop work on expression in the target language. The essay demands a wider scope of sources and issues to be discussed and a deeper discussion of historical circumstances and cultural studies theory.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination151A25In Spanish
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A752750 word essay
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation1MGroup work.
Aural Examination2MGroup work
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Oral presentations (formative assessment) respond to set questions to promote reading and discussion of essential reading for seminar sessions. They also help students prepare for oral exam in semester 1 (25% final mark) . The contents of oral exams reflect the result of research in one particular topic dealt with in semester 1. The essay in semester 2 (75%) involves a wider exploration of more than one case discussed in class, together with some concepts and interpretive approaches. them separately.

Reading Lists