Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
Organisational UnitSpanish and Latin American Studies
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Marisa Cordella


The unit focuses on the communicative rules or strategies that orient Spanish and Hispanic American speakers to communicate effectively. Lectures explore the discursive similarities that link Spanish speakers and differences that result from varying social, political and historical factors.

Theory is explored to understand:

  1. the organization of a text in relation to the socio-cultural context;
  2. particular discursive features of Hispanic speech.

This unit consolidates students' critical research skills to equip them to undertake honours and postgraduate studies.


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.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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


ATS1194, ATS1196, ATS2194, ATS2196 or by permisssion