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2010/2011  BA-BLC_SS1  Spanish Studies 1

English Title
Spanish Studies 1

Course Information

Language Spanish
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course Period Autumn
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture, BSc
Course Coordinator
  • Maribel Blasco - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management
Main Category of the Course
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
  • demonstrate a good grasp of the factual information about their chosen language area taught during the course,
  • demonstrate a good grasp of the rules governing grammar in Spanish, and
  • demonstrate the capacity to present a topic related to the curriculum, using suitable vocabulary and intelligible Spanish.
Spanish Studies 1
Exam Period December/January
The evaluation consists of three partial examinations: one multiple-choice test on course content; one grammar test, and one oral presentation. All three tests must be passed in the 1st year. All three tests are given a pass/fail assessment by the teacher. If students do not meet the required standard to pass these tests, they may resit at a later date, but they must be completed before starting their 2nd year BLC studies.
The course is designed to integrate horizontally with the parallel courses Globalisation Studies and British and American Studies and to provide the foundation for a progression within Spanish Studies in the bachelor’s programme as a whole.
Prerequisites for Attending the Exam
Course Content

Spanish StudiesOne, First Semester,provides a basic historical and geographical introduction to Spain and Spanish America. Topics dealt with include: geographical and regional diversity, the historical links between Spain and Spanish America from colonisation to independence, the formation of the modern state as well as reflections on the changing role of key social institutions that are adapting to modern society, e.g. the family, political and civil society organisations. The course will also introduce basic concepts important to understanding sociopolitical and cultural development in the two regions, including: authoritarianism, political transition, democratisation and cultural identity.

The course is built up around two dimensions – content and language:

The content dimension provides a general introduction to the modern Spanish-speaking areas from a historical perspective. It also presents basic knowledge of politics, economics and culture in the students’ chosen region. The course broadly follows the thematic organisation of the parallel Globalisation Studies lecture series and draws on the addressed theories and concepts. These conceptual approaches are presented in conjunction with perspectives and concepts rooted in the specific language area, so that students develop an understanding of different theoretical traditions, and enhance their nationally specific knowledge as well as their cultural sensitivity.

The language dimension is aimed at improving students’ basic grammar skills, pronunciation and fluency; and their reading and aural comprehension. Emphasis will also be placed on learning and exercising phrases needed in order to make presentations and participate in class discussions.

Teaching Methods
All teaching will take place in Spanish and all reading will also be in Spanish. A combination of lectures, class discussions and student presentations will develop students’ knowledge and ability to analyse and understand current cultural and social processes in the chosen region.