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2021/22 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Spanish

Programme code:BA-SPANISHUCAS code:R410
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Professor Stuart Green Contact address:S.N.S.J.Green@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 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO1420Researching Spanish and Latin American Studies20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

* 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 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO1160Introduction to the Cultural Production of Spain and Spanish-America20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO1080Portuguese Language for Beginners 1A20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SPPO1145Catalan Language and Culture I20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO1160Introduction to the Cultural Production of Spain and Spanish-America20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

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

MODL2015Black Europe20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO2100Issues in Hispanic Cinema20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO2110Literature and the Arts in the Spanish-speaking World20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO2510Latin America since Independence (c1800 - c1930)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO2580Translation Theory and Practice in a Spanish - English Context20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO2650The Spanish regional Melting Pot: the old same History?20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO2680Modern Spain (1868-1975)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

- Not all modules will be available every year.

Students may study 20 credits from the options below:

MODL2001Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO2230Lower Intermediate Portuguese20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO2595Catalan Language and Culture II20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Students may also choose to study the below module as long as they are not already enrolled onto Linguists into Schools

FOAH2020Towards the Future: Skills in Context20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Discovery modules:

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

Students will be able to study up to 40 credits of discovery modules or take the above FOAH module as long as they are not already enrolled onto Linguists into Schools
Students 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 (Sep to Jun)


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 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

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

MODL3300Final Year Project: Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3340Final Year Project: Extended Translation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3350Final Year Project: Digital Documentary40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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

MODL3600Material Cultures and Cultures of Consumption20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3610Adventures of the Imagination: Crime and the Fantastic Across Continents20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL3620Decolonial Approaches20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MODL3630Social Movements across Cultures20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL3800Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO3035From Bolívar to Chávez: Revolutionary Icons in Contemporary Latin American Culture20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
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 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO3062Spanish in an Economic and Business Context20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO3071Contemporary Spain: Politics, Culture and Society After Franco20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO3361The Regulation of Sexuality in Iberia and Latin America20 creditsNot running in 202122
SPPO3420Spanish-English Translation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO3535Catalan Language and Culture III20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO3590Is Spain white? Nation, Immigration and Performance in Spain20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO3690New Media in Latin America20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SPPO3710Nationalism and National Identity in Spain, 1833 to the Present20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

- 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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