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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Programme code:BA-SP&LASUCAS code:RR45
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Rebecca Jarman Contact address:r.s.e.jarman@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 485

Entry requirements:

For entry requirements for this course please visit: Coursefinder

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Languages, Cultures and Societies:
Languages, Cultures and Societies

Programme specification:

- require students to acquire a high degree of intercultural competence with specific reference to the languages, history, societies, cultures and literatures of the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries;
- enable students to experience directly the cultures of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries through the compulsory academic year and the obligatory term overseas.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 1 students must study 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SPPO1010Practical Language Skills in Spanish 120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO1035Introduction to Brazil, Portugal and Portuguese Speaking Africa20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO1080Portuguese Language for Beginners 1A20 creditsSemester 1
SPPO1081Portuguese Language for Beginners 1B20 creditsSemester 2
SPPO1420Researching Spanish and Latin American Studies20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

- Students SPPO1060 take assessments on a peninsular Spanish or Spanish-American topic, not a Portuguese/Brazilian topic.
- Students with prior knowledge of Portuguese may, at the discretion of the programme manager, substitute SPPO1083 (40 credits) for SPPO1080 and SPPO1081 (40 credits).

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study one of the following optional modules:

SPPO1045The Historical Development of Spain and Hispanic America20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO1160Introduction to the Cultural Production of Spain and Spanish-America20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Discovery modules:


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 2 students must study 120 credits.

In order to be eligible for an Honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3).

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SPPO2011Practical Language Skills in Spanish 215 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO2091Portuguese Language Skills15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO9002Spanish/Portuguese Term Abroad30 creditsSemester 2

NB. Students who have completed SPPO1083 and have performed exceptionally well in that module, may, at the discretion of the programme manager, take MODL2001/5 Linguists into Schools and teach Portuguese in a local school, instead of taking SPPO2090/1.

Optional modules:

Spanish & Spanish-American Options
- Students will be required to study 30 credits from the following selection:

MODL2016Black Europe15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO2101Issues in Hispanic Cinemas15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO2431Modern Spanish-American Literature15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO2511Latin America since Independence (c1800 - c1930)15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO2581Translation Theory and Practice in a Spanish<>English Context15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO2596Catalan Language and Culture II15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO2651The Spanish regional Melting Pot: the old same History?15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO2681Modern Spain (1868-1975)15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO2691Spanish Literature and Theatre15 creditsNot running in 201920

Portuguese & Brazilian Options
- Students will be required to study 30 credits from the following selection:

SPPO2021Film and Literature in the Portuguese-speaking World15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO2411Culture and Society in the Portuguese-Speaking World15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Students may choose to study the below optional module instead of 15 credits from the above list of Spanish/Spanish-American and Portuguese/Brazilian options.

MODL2005Linguists into Schools15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

MODL2005 (Linguists into Schools) can be studied either as part of the credit requirements in Spanish or as part of the credit requirements in Portuguese. Correspondingly, students are required to complete assessed work on Spanish or Portuguese topics. The student's decision as regards which of the languages the module will count for needs to be brought to the attention of the module coordinator by the student at the beginning of the module.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates must spend a 9-month stay in a Spanish-speaking or Portuguese-speaking country, as a student at an accredited university, as a British Council Teaching Assistant, or on a work placement approved by the Departmental Year Abroad Committee prior to departure:

SPPO9001Spanish/Portuguese Year Abroad120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2


Year4 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 3 students must study 120 credits. Students are required to take a minimum of 60 credits in Spanish and 60 credits in Portuguese, including at least 20-credits as a Final Year Project which can be taken in and count towards either subject.

In order to be eligible for an Honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3).

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SPPO3010Practical Language Skills in Spanish 320 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO3110Advanced Portuguese Language20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to study ONE of the following Final Year Project modules.

MODL3300Final Year Project: Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3310Final Year Project: Extended Essay20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3320Final Year Project: Translation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3340Final Year Project: Extended Translation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3350Final Year Project: Digital Documentary40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Spanish & Spanish-American Options
- Students will be required to study 40 credits from the following selection:

SPPO3035From Bolívar to Chávez: Revolutionary Icons in Contemporary Latin American Culture20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO3050Things Can Only Get Better: The Role of the Arts and Cultural Institutions in Spain's Transition to Democracy (1962-1992)20 creditsSemester 2
SPPO3062Spanish in an Economic and Business Context20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO3071Contemporary Spain: Politics, Culture and Society After Franco20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO3361The Regulation of Sexuality in Iberia and Latin America20 creditsSemester 2
SPPO3420Spanish-English Translation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO3590Is Spain white? Nation, Immigration and Performance in Spain20 creditsNot running in 201920
SPPO3690New Media in Latin America20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO3710Nationalism and National Identity in Spain, 1833 to the Present20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

- SPPO3570, SPPO3670 and SPPO3690 can be studied either as part of the credit requirements in Spanish or as part of the credit requirements in Portuguese. Correspondingly, students are required to complete assessed work on Spanish or Portuguese topics.
- Not all modules will be available every year.

Portuguese & Brazilian Options
- Students will be required to study 40 credits from the following selection:

SPPO3361The Regulation of Sexuality in Iberia and Latin America20 creditsSemester 2
SPPO3690New Media in Latin America20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO3700Sao Paulo, Lisboa, Maputo: Urban Realities and Representations in the Portuguese Speaking World20 creditsSemester 1

- SPPO3570, SPPO3670 and SPPO3690 can be studied either as part of the credit requirements in Spanish or as part of the credit requirements in Portuguese. Correspondingly, students are required to complete assessed work on Spanish or Portuguese topics.
- Students may not take the same module twice, even if it appears twice in the above lists of modules.
- Not all modules will be available every year.

Students may choose to study the below optional module instead of 20 credits from the above list of Spanish/Spanish-American and Portuguese/Brazilian options.

MODL3800Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

- MODL3800 can be studied either as part of the credit requirements in Spanish or as part of the credit requirements in Portuguese. Correspondingly, students are required to complete assessed work on Spanish or Portuguese topics.

Last updated: 25/09/2019

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