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2012/2013  BA-BLC_SS3  Spanish Studies 3

English Title
Spanish Studies 3

Course information

Language Spanish
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
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 04-09-2012
Learning objectives
At the end of the course the students should be able:
• To identify a relevant topic based on the themes and concepts in the curriculum, and to construct links between their chosen topic and the other concepts and themes learned.
• To show a clear understanding of economic institutions and actors in the regions studied, and their implications for competitiveness based on the concepts and themes in the curriculum.
• To present the exam topic in Spanish using an appropriate vocabulary;
• To explain and discuss viewpoints on the chosen topic giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options;
• To comprehend the questions posed during the examination and communicate in coherent Spanish so that their responses flow and are intelligible;
• To interact with a degree and fluency and spontaneity;
• To speak grammatically correct and well-pronounced Spanish, that is, avoiding major grammatical, lexical, idiomatic or pronunciation errors that inhibit communication. At this stage, students should be able to show their linguistic awareness by correcting errors in the exam situation.
Spanish Studies 3
The exam in the subject consists of two parts:
Type of test Oral Exam
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner Second internal examiner
Exam period December/January
Aids Without preparation
Duration 30 Minutes
  • An examination at the end of the 3rd semester with a 30-minute oral exam where the student is tested in material from the entire 3rd semester (though it is assumed that students have mastered the content from the first year Spanish studies course).
  • Students will write a 1-standard page paper on a topic of their choosing, which is used as the point of departure for a presentation and discussion.
  • One grade is given for content (according to the 7-point grading scale - weighs 0.5 towards the grade point average) and students receive a pass/fail assessment in terms of language.
  • Overall assessment of oral performance.
Final exam:
Type of test Oral Exam
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner External examiner
Exam period Autumn Term, upon return from the exchange semester (beginning of September)
Aids Without preparation
Duration 20 Minutes
  • Individual oral examination
  • The student’s language proficiency is graded according to the 7-point grading scale. Overall assessment of oral performance.
  • The grade weighs 0.5 towards the grade point average.
  • Students will write a 1-standard page paper on a topic of their choosing from one of their electives, which is used as the point of departure for a presentation and discussion.
The exam is held in two steps:

Midterm: At the end of the 3rd semester, individual oral examination.

Final exam: Upon return from the exchange semester, individual oral examination.
Course content

Spanish/Spanish American Studies focuses on contemporary economic development in Spain and Spanish America, and explores how these two regions are performing in terms of international and regional competitiveness, as well as the changing role of the private sector. Module One addresses Spain’s contemporary economic development and international competitiveness. Key topics include: SMEs, e-business, I+D and technological development, and key sectors such as tourism. Module Two addresses Latin America’s contemporary economic development and international competitiveness, with specific topics including: the role of multinationals, industrial clusters, SMEs and family businesses, and the role of business as an increasingly important political force in the region. We will also look at the implications of human development for economic development in both regions.Emphasis in the language classes will be on improving students’ grammar, communicative competence and fluency in Spanish in preparation for their fourth semester abroad.

Teaching methods
Class teaching involving lectures, student presentations, group work, exercises with oral and written proficiency training, and discussion. All teaching and reading will be in Spanish.
Expected literature

Ballesca Ramírez, M.(2007) La banca extranjera en América Latina: resultado de su desempeño. Espiral, 14, 40, septiembre/diciembre Barbería, José Luís (2006): “El valor de la marca España” en El País, p. 19-20.

Bianco, C., Moldovan, P. & Porta, F.(2008) La internacionalización de las empresas brasileñas en Argentina. Santiago: CEPAL.

CEPAL (2009) Los efectos de la crisis en el comercio regional. Panorama de la inserción internacional de América Latina y el Caribe • 2008-2009. Santiago: CEPAL

Coduras, Alicia y Crsitina Cruz (2007):Inmigración y creación de empresas, Cinco días.com, p 1-2.

Dolado, J.J. & Vázquez, P.(2008) Ensayos sobre los efectos económicos de la inmigración en España. Colección Estudios Económicos, Cátedra Inmigración/FEDEA-Grupo Banco Popular.

Enrique, C.(2006) Internacionalización de Leonisa: una empresa colombiana de ropa interior. Estudios Gerenciales, 98, 25-55

Pérez Hernández, F.(2008) Panorama de la IED de España en Argentina ante la crisis económica mundial y la nacionalización de las AFJP. Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos (CESLA).

Pérez de Pablos, S.(2010) La crisis frena el número de inmigrantes que reside en España. El País, 26/5/2010.

Last updated on 04-09-2012