Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Marisa Cordella


Previously coded SPN2050


This unit offers an introduction to modern Spanish and Hispanic American culture and society through the reading of historical, literary and journalistic texts. Emphasis is also given to the analysis and writing of a variety of Spanish texts such as, literary and journalistic texts, academic essays, creative and fictional writings.


On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Converse in Spanish for 20-25 minutes about past, current and hypothetical issues as well as engage in complex conversations and discussions about historical, political and social matters;
  2. Be able to listen and comprehend a variety of texts from different Hispanic speaking regions;
  3. Write descriptive, narrative, fiction and argumentative passages of up to 1000 words in Spanish, with the help of a Spanish-English dictionary and a reference grammar;
  4. Read and comprehend articles using a variety of registers and styles of writing of up to 3500 words in Spanish;
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of key aspects of Hispanic cultures and societies;
  6. Demonstrate knowledge in research reasoning and critical thought appropriate for this level.


Culture tasks: 50%
Written, oral and aural tasks: 25%
Examination: 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Marisa Cordella Masini

Contact hours

4 hours (1 x 1 hour lectures and 3 x 1 hour language tutorials) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Spanish and Latin American studies




ATS1191, ATS 1193, ATS1195, ATS2191, ATS2193 or ATS3195