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Module

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
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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

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.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present-in-Person
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities92:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study198:0098:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures, which will be delivered in the form of non-synchronous lecture materials and learning activities, will allow definition of the scope of the syllabus, give an introduction to a body of knowledge, and model suitable critical approaches within the framework of popular culture. These lecture materials will make use of PowerPoint, podcast style recordings, and structured activities that encourage close engagement with both primary and secondary materials. These materials and activities should serve as a foundation to support students’ own independent study and assessment preparation. Synchronous online and in-person sessions will take the form of small-group teaching to provide the students with the opportunity to discuss a topic individually and in groups, present their ideas and develop their independent thinking and critical analysis as they engage interactively in debate. Online guided learning activities seek to bridge the gap between lecture materials and independent study by offering some structure to independent study tasks, such as secondary reading.

All knowledge outcomes are addressed by the mix of synchronous interactive and non-synchronous guided learning formats. The module is taught in Spanish and English and assessed in ENGLISH, with the possibility of formative assessment also in Spanish, with materials in English and Spanish and some interactive activities in Spanish. Drop-in surgery hours provide a space for individual feedback and support.

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
Essay1M1002,500 words – students choose one question from a selection of questions published.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MTake home formative written exercise: commentary. Students given 48 hours to complete the task which involves writing * a see below
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module will be taught in one semester and is assessed in English. The formative commentary assignment will train students to engage closely with the text in order to help them better select supporting analysis for their argument in the essay. The assessed essay will help students to develop analytical, organisational and presentation skills, as they will be asked to structure and express a clear and coherent argument based on a comparative approach which includes at least two of the texts studied.

*(continued from above) up a close textual analysis of a text from a topic studied on the module.

Reading Lists

Timetable