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Module

SPA4008 : Youth Cultures in Spain, Portugal & Latin America

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Patricia Oliart
  • 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 aims of the degrees offered in the SML: To develop critical reading skills in Spanish and/or Portuguese for stage 4 students.
- To provide access to contemporary academic literature on cultural studies and social studies on youth cultures from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal.

This module is taught and assessed in English. It will provide students with information and analyses of contemporary urban and rural youth cultures in Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. Most countries in Latin America are statistically "young societies," with a substantial proportion of their populations under the age of thirty. Many important changes these societies go through are perceived and interpreted by the young in a way that is peculiar and influential as well. Many important social and cultural movements of relevant impact in the region have then been ‘youth movements’, accompanied by numerous cultural manifestations.

Students work with research examples and original sources in Spanish and Portuguese.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Youth cultures: useful concepts.
2. Transitions to adulthood and cultural diversity. Cases from Spain and Peru
3. Marginalized urban youth. Cases from Brazil and El Salvador
4. Youth cultures and migration. Cases from Spain, Portugal, and Latinos in the US
5. Youth and politics. Youth and grassroots feminism. Cases from Chile, Argentina, and Portugal

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 teaching91:009:00Present-in-person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Synchronous online
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities92:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study198:0098:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module will combine lectures and seminar sessions. After one general introductory lecture for the module, one introductory lecture for each of the four main topics will be followed by the study of specific cases from different countries. Different groups will lead the discussion on the assigned readings for specific sessions, providing information beyond the common assigned readings.

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
Essay1M1002500 word essay in English
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MResearch plan and bibliography for the final essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay questions for this module are phrased broadly to allow for students to narrow it down to specific cases. The essay therefore tests independent research and writing skills. It is based on extensive use of sources in both target languages and requires basic command of concepts in the sociology and anthropology of youth.

The formative assessment is an essay plan that provides an opportunity to selectively explore relevant bibliography and shape the research project for the final essay.

Reading Lists

Timetable