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Module

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
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

In consonance with the overall aim of the degrees offered in the SML, the main aim of this module 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, in the light of contemporary critical literature on cultural production, power and society. This module addresses the importance of cultural production 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. A formative assessment in Spanish is set in semester 1 and one 2500-word essay in English is in place for semester 2. 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.
- Representations of political issues in popular culture in Spain during the Civil war, the Franco dictatorship, and memory in the transition to democracy.
- Cultural production around the idea of revolution, the military dictatorships and transition to democracy in Latin America 1959 - 2019
- Examples from Cuba, Nicaragua, Argentina, Chile and Brazil.
- Documentary photography, chronicles, poetry, theatre, graphic novels, film, music.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials94:0036:00Includes pre- and post- lecture reading.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Synchronous online
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities92:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present-in-Person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study198:0098:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

All knowledge outcomes are addressed by the mix of lectures, seminar delivery and guided discussion of cultural artifacts in context. This module is taught in SPANISH and assessed in ENGLISH.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002500 word essay in English
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Reflective log1M800 words in Spanish
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formative assessment allows for practice on commentary on one expression, placing it in historical context, using critical literature. The essay demands a wider scope of sources and issues and a deeper discussion of historical circumstances and cultural studies theory.

Reading Lists

Timetable