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2020/21 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Spanish

Programme code:BA-SPANISHUCAS code:R410
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Professor Duncan Wheeler Contact address:d.wheeler@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:

The programme will provide an environment that promotes our intention that students graduating in Spanish at Leeds should have developed the following:
- high-quality linguistic skills in Spanish (in oral and aural proficiency, in context-sensitive communicative skills, and in written language skills);
- familiarity with the diverse language varieties and cultures of the various countries where Spanish is spoken;
- an understanding of the main issues of the past and future developments in these countries;
- a broad knowledge of the discipline of Hispanic Studies;
- specialist knowledge of a wide range of aspects of this discipline;
- and the ability to undertake critical analysis of aspects of these countries, their literatures, languages, history, society and cultures, all informed by the appropriate conceptual frameworks.


The distinctiveness of this programme from other Arts and Humanities programmes at Leeds is twofold. Firstly, a requirement is laid upon students to acquire a high degree of intercultural competence with specific reference to the language, history, societies, cultures and literatures of Spanish-speaking countries. Secondly, the compulsory academic year spent in one of these countries forms a distinctive structural feature of the programme.

Distinctiveness in this field at Leeds compared to other UK degree programmes in Spanish derives from the breadth and diversity of the optional modules offered, which include a number of modules in disciplines not traditional in a "Language and Literature" degree. This in turn reflects the size of the full-time established staff complement, which is amongst the largest in the UK. These options range from traditional literary studies through to history, economics, cultural studies, film studies and area studies.

In addition to this breadth, further reinforcement of knowledge and understanding of the discipline of Hispanic Studies is offered through the language classes at all levels. Almost all optional modules at levels 2 and 3 are informed by current staff research.


Year1 - View timetable

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

In Level 1 students must study 120-125 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:*

SPPO1010Practical Language Skills in Spanish 120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO1420Researching Spanish and Latin American Studies20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

* At the Programme Managers' discretion, students may be allowed to transfer into the second year of this degree on successful completion of SPPO1010.

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study at least ONE of the following 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

In addition, candidates are required to take at least ONE of the following optional modules:

SPPO1045The Historical Development of Spain and Hispanic America20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO1080Portuguese Language for Beginners 1A20 creditsSemester 1
SPPO1145Catalan Language and Culture I20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO1160Introduction to the Cultural Production of Spain and Spanish-America20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates may not take the same module twice, even if it appears twice in the above lists of modules.

Discovery modules:

- Candiates may study between 20-40 credits of discovery modules depending on how many optional modules have been taken.
- Candidates may not choose FLTU Spanish 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 module:

SPPO2010Practical Language Skills in Spanish 2
Pre-requisite for: Year abroad
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study a minimum of 60 credits from the following optional modules:

MODL2001Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL2015Black Europe20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO2100Issues in Hispanic Cinema20 creditsNot running in 202021
SPPO2430Modern Spanish-American Literature20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO2510Latin America since Independence (c1800 - c1930)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO2580Translation Theory and Practice in a Spanish<>English Context20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO2595Catalan Language and Culture II20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO2650The Spanish regional Melting Pot: the old same History?20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO2680Modern Spain (1868-1975)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO2690Spanish Literature and Theatre20 creditsNot running in 202021

- FOAR2000 can only be counted as a Spanish module if the project undertaken relates to Spanish and you have sought prior approval of the Programme Manager.
- Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

- Candidates will be able to study up to 40 credits of discovery modules.
- Candidates may not choose FLTU Spanish modules.


Year3 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

SPPO9001Spanish/Portuguese Year Abroad120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2


Year4 - View timetable

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

In Level 3 students must study 120 credits. Finalists may only take level 1 modules which are listed as discovery skills modules (skd) and only to the value of 20 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 module:

SPPO3010Practical Language Skills in Spanish 320 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
MODL3340Final Year Project: Extended Translation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3350Final Year Project: Digital Documentary40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates will be required to study a minimum of 40 credits from the following optional modules:

MODL3600Material Cultures and Cultures of Consumption20 creditsSemester 1
MODL3610Adventures of the Imagination: Crime and the Fantastic Across Continents20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3620Decolonial Approaches20 creditsSemester 1
MODL3630Social Movements across Cultures20 creditsSemester 2
MODL3800Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO3035From Bolívar to Chávez: Revolutionary Icons in Contemporary Latin American Culture20 creditsSemester 1
SPPO3050Things Can Only Get Better: The Role of the Arts and Cultural Institutions in Spain's Transition to Democracy (1962-1992)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 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 creditsNot running in 202021
SPPO3420Spanish-English Translation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO3535Catalan Language and Culture III20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO3590Is Spain white? Nation, Immigration and Performance in Spain20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO3690New Media in Latin America20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPPO3710Nationalism and National Identity in Spain, 1833 to the Present20 creditsSemester 1

- Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be able to study up to 40 credits of discovery modules. Candidates may not choose FLTU Spanish modules.

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