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SPA4005 : Cultura Popular en España y Cuba

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • 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


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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
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
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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M702,500 words
Design/Creative proj1A30Students will work in small groups to design a cartonera publication. Students will also upload 1,000 individual reflective logs in Spanish about their creative and learning experience.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The creative project is aimed at developing project based methodologies for learning while reflecting on a popular culture manifestation in Latin America and Spain. 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.

Reading Lists