2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
SPPO3900 Race and Representation in the Spanish-speaking world
20 creditsClass Size: 32
Module manager: Thea Pitman
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2023/24
Pre-requisite qualificationsCompletion of either SPPO2010, SPPO2011, SPPO2220 or SPPO2221
|SPPO2010||Practical Lang Skill Spanish 2|
|SPPO2011||Pract Lang Skills in Spanish 2|
|SPPO2220||Spanish Language Skills B1/B2|
|SPPO2221||Practical Skills in Spanish B1/B2|
Module replacesSPPO3590 Is Spain White?SPPO3690 New Media in Latin America
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis 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.
ObjectivesTo 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.
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
• Immigrant identities
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||180.00|
|Total Contact hours||20.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyStudents 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 FeedbackIn-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 type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay or Dissertation||3000 Words||70.00|
|Oral Presentation||15-20 Minutes||30.00|
|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 listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 03/08/2023
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