Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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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 Sarah McDonald


This unit introduces students to the study of myths and stereotypes of the Spanish and Latin American worlds, focusing particularly on perceptions and understandings of reality. The unit, conducted in Spanish, explores how cultural producers (writers, filmmakers, artists, etc.) have interrogated and re-configured the world around them. Students will develop and apply analytical and critical skills to the study of different cultural texts and compare and contrast trans-national representations of self, home, nation and the world.


Upon completion of the unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the major cultural currents that explore perceptions of reality within Spain and Latin America;
  2. demonstrate a familiarity with critical materials related to the texts studied;
  3. analyse and discuss a range of cultural texts in Spanish;
  4. develop and carry out an independent research project that responds to the key theoretical concepts explored in the unit;
  5. develop sophisticated academic skills in Spanish.


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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Chief examiner(s)

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


ATS2197 or ATS3197 or by permission