Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Dr Marisa Cordella


Previously coded SPN3290


The unit focuses on the study and understanding of the communicative rules or strategies that orient Spanish and Hispanic American speakers to communicate effectively in a variety of scenarios. Lectures explore the discursive similarities that link all Spanish speakers and make students aware of those which may differ as a result of varying social and political realities and historical factors.
Theoretical knowledge in pragmatics -language in use- and discourse analysis is explored to understand

  1. the organization of a text in relation to the socio-cultural context
  2. particular discursive features of Hispanic speech, which may influence deference, politeness, directness, and/or indirectness linguistic behaviours.


By completion of the unit, students are expected to have developed:

  1. Awareness of the norms and value systems that modulate Spanish and Hispanic American discourse(s);
  2. Knowledge of the predominant discursive features produced in business, among other discourses, in Spanish and English;
  3. Knowledge of pragmatic features used in a variety of social interactions;
  4. Demonstrate a sophisticated knowledge in research reasoning and critical thought.


Two Tests: 50%
Oral and written work: 50%

Contact hours

Three hours (one 1-hour lecture and two 1-hour tutorials)

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

Spanish and Latin American studies


ATS1194 or ATS2194, ATS1196 or ATS2196