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BA Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Year 4

(Award available for year: Bachelor of Arts)

Learning outcomes

- understand and demonstrate coherent and detailed knowledge of selected aspects of the languages, history, societies, cultures and literatures of the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries;
- understand the main issues of the past, current and future developments in these countries;
- demonstrate a high degree of intercultural competence with specific reference to the areas above, particularly as a result of the compulsory academic year and the obligatory term overseas;
- possess a high level of linguistic ability in both Portuguese and Spanish (in oral and aural proficiency, in context-sensitive communicative skills, and in written form);
- demonstrate familiarity with the diverse language varieties and cultures of the various countries where Portuguese and Spanish are spoken;
- posess a broad knowledge of the disciplines of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies;
- understand and demonstrate coherent and detailed knowledge of the professional competencies expected of a graduate in Modern Languages and Cultures, some of which will be informed by recent research/scholarship in the area of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies;
- deploy accurately standard techniques of critical analysis and enquiry within Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies;
- demonstrate an understanding of concepts and conceptual frameworks in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies which enable the development and sustaining of an argument;
- describe and comment on particular aspects of recent research and/or scholarship in the field;
- appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limitations of knowledge in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies;
- make appropriate use of scholarly reviews and primary sources;
- apply their knowledge and understanding in order to initiate and carry out an extended piece of work or project on a relevant subject in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies ;
- conform to professional boundaries and norms where applicable.

Transferable (key) skills

- the transferable/key/generic skills necessary for employment related to the area(s) studied;
- the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility;
- the deployment of decision making skills in complex and unpredictable situations;
- the communication of information, ideas, problems and solutions in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences;
- the ability to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.


- demonstrating the ability top apply a broad range of aspects of the discipline;
- work that draws on a wide variety of material;
- the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion;
- evidence of an ability to conduct independent, in depth enquiry within the discipline;
- work that is typically both evaluative and creative.


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