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SPA4005 : Cultura Popular en Latinoamérica y España

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jorge Catala-Carrasco
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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 and in the region.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module problematizes popular culture manifestations in Latin America and Spain. Drawing primarily on cultural history and cultural studies, the module will examine a variety of countries from the Hispanic world (Spain, Cuba and Peru) in which the different variations and uses of popular culture manifestations informs about the problematic assumptions surrounding what is commonly considered popular culture. Students will be able, through different case studies contextualized in four different countries, 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 novels, comics, videos and posters as main forms of cultural production, the students will not only gain deeper knowledge of the 3 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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00>35 students then seminars split in groups of 18 increasing no.of seminar hr for staff accordingly
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will allow definition of the scope of the syllabus, an introduction to a body of knowledge, and modelling of the analysis required (note-taking). Lectures will make use of PowerPoint, and a handout with the structure of the lecture and key words will be provided with each lecture. Seminars will provide the students with the opportunity to discuss a topic individually and in group, prepare group presentations and develop their independent thinking and critical analysis and debate.
All knowledge outcomes are addressed by the mix of interactive lectures and seminar delivery.
The module is taught in SPANISH and assessed in SPANISH and ENGLISH.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901M30In Class test takes place in week 5 and is conducted in Spanish
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M702500 words in English.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module will be taught in 1 semester and is assessed both in English and Spanish in consonance with recommendations from UGAF. The in-class written examination will test students’ knowledge of significant concepts around popular culture as well as the contexts and objects of study analysed in class. The essay will help students to develop analytical and organisational skills, as they will be asked to engage with argumentative thinking.

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