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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPPO3900 Race and Representation in the Spanish-speaking world

20 creditsClass Size: 32

Module manager: Stuart Green

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

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Completion of either SPPO2010, SPPO2011, SPPO2220 or SPPO2221


SPPO2010Practical Lang Skill Spanish 2
SPPO2011Pract Lang Skills in Spanish 2
SPPO2220Spanish Language Skills B1/B2
SPPO2221Practical Skills in Spanish B1/B2

Module replaces

SPPO3590 Is Spain White?SPPO3690 New Media in Latin America

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module interrogates examples of cultural production to better understand the different ways in which they represent the concept of race in the Spanish-speaking world. Topics studied in class might include how Spain’s complex relationship with Islam has been racialised, debates around mestizaje in Latin America and the United States, and how digital media is used by minoritised artists across the Spanish-speaking world to establish and consolidate spaces of belonging and/or to denounce racism. You will be assessed by seminar presentations in which you explore further examples of issues raised in lectures, and by an essay on a relevant topic of your own choice.


To interrogate examples of cultural production to better understand various ways in which they represent the concept of race across the Spanish-speaking world in different epochs.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should:
1. Possess a wide-ranging knowledge of conceptualisations of race and ethnicity, of how these have been classified across the Spanish-speaking world, of the meanings and values attached to such classifications, and of how and why these have changed over time.
2. Possess a critical awareness of the everyday and academic terminology employed to comprehend and think about race and ethnic diversity in the Spanish-speaking world over time.
3. Possess a nuanced understanding of various ways in which race and ethnic difference are manifest in a variety of cultural media, both explicitly and not, of how these intersect with other identity categories, and of how culture can be employed as a means of self-representation by ethnic groups.
4. Be able to present independent critical thought, a knowledge of recent academic research, and the analytical skills necessary for sustained debate as regards the above questions for assessment in written and spoken form.


The syllabus will cover a variety of examples of cultural production from across the Spanish-speaking world, and deal with topics such as:
• Whiteness and suspect/off whiteness
• Blackness and colourism
• Al Andalus and convivencia
• Mestizaje
• Indigeneity
• Immigrant identities

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will be expected to prepare for each lecture and seminar by undertaking private study of set texts and appropriate secondary material. More in-depth reading and other forms of preparation will be necessary for the assessment tasks.
Preparation for lectures and seminars = 80 hours
Preparation for in-class presentations = 30 hours
Preparation for essay = 70 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

In-class formative feedback on seminar participation
Formative feedback on first presentation to allow for stronger performance on second presentation. (The higher mark will be awarded)
Formative feedback on second presentation to allow for stronger performance in essay.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation3000 Words70.00
Oral Presentation15-20 Minutes30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students will be expected to deliver two 15-20 minute presentations in pairs each over the course of the module. Each will be marked and the highest mark will be the one used to calculate their final module grade. In the essay, students will explore a topic of their choosing related to the topics considered in class.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:26:45


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