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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPPO3590 Is Spain white? Nation, Immigration and Performance in Spain

20 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Stuart Green

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

SPPO2010/SPPO2011 or equivalent level of Spanish

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module examines the relatively recent phenomenon of immigration in Spain, and the problematic issues of ethnicity and 'whiteness'. Particular attention will be paid to the way that these matters have played out in the performing arts, not only in the form of immigration as a narrative theme, but also in the activities of the increasing numbers of performers born outside Spain who work in the music, theatre, film and television industries.


On completion of this module, students should:
1. Possess a wide-ranging knowledge of immigration in contemporary Spain with reference to this phenomenon elsewhere in Europe and in the context of the movement of peoples to, from and within the Iberian peninsula in centuries past.
2. Possess a thorough understanding of a variety of theories of nation, race and ethnicity; and be able to apply these theories to the particular case of Spain in order to facilitate a greater awareness of immigration and nation there.
3. Be able to use diverse methodological frameworks and theoretical concepts in the analysis of performances of various kinds.
4. Be acquainted with the most recent academic research in the areas above.
5. Demonstrate an advanced capacity for independent critical thought and the skills necessary to exercise this in sustained debate, specifically as regards immigration, race, ethnicity and the performing arts in Spain.
6. Be able to produce sophisticated and well-organised essays, using knowledge acquired in class and through independent reading, and addressing issues with reference to their specific historical and discursive contexts.

Learning outcomes
Knowledge of immigration in contemporary Spain includes: the timescale on which this has happened; the principal countries from which people emigrate to Spain, their destinations and professions; the national and international causes of immigration to Spain; the legal framework regulating the residence and employment of immigrants; questions of integration and multiculturalism; and the political and media discourse on this development.

Knowledge of performance in contemporary Spain includes: immigration and ethnic diversity as narrative features; representation of the body on stage and screen; Spain as a particularly unique case as regards intersections of nation, ethnicity and race; performance as a means of self-expression and self-representation.


1: Theories of race, ethnicity and nation
2: Immigration in Spain
3: Whiteness and Orientalism in Spain
4: Performance

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Film Screenings52.0010.00
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparation for lectures = 20 hours (plus 10 hours for screenings)
Preparation for seminars = 40 hours
Preparation for Group Project = 40 hours each
Preparation for 3000 word essay = 70 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Informal feedback in lectures, seminars and office hours. Formal feedback on Group Project and Essay.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group Project2000-words each member40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:46:52


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