Spanish Language and Society 5 (mastery)

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Mr Rafael Penas Cruz TW3 6.01 L


Available as an outside option to all undergraduate and General Course students. Students can take this course in any year of their studies following approval from the teacher responsible and subject to their own programme regulations.


Completion of the Spanish Language and Society 4 (Proficiency) course (LN220) or its equivalent is required. An interview with the course co-ordinator prior to registration is compulsory.

Course content

Further advanced (up to the level of mastery) study of the Spanish language through themes related to Spanish speaking societies within the framework of social sciences and culture. In a dynamic and communicative way the course develops all four language skills (i.e. speaking, listening, reading and writing) through individual and group work, topical discussions, authentic and studio-based multi-media materials. The focus is on accuracy as well as communication that advance students’ language competence, transferable skills and cultural awareness.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of lectures and 1 hour of classes in the ST.

Week 11 in MT and LT structured activities.

Two hours per week, which will feature: (a) interactive topical work; (b) oral practice; (c) grammar and vocabulary work; (d) tutorials; and (e) guided study using IT and web-based materials

Formative coursework

The students will be required to complete weekly language exercises

Indicative reading

The following works are core texts:

  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Cien Años de Soledad;
  • Carmen Laforet, Nada;
  • Tomas Eloy Martinez, Santa Evita,
  • Luis CERNUDA, "La realidad y el deseo", Fondo Cultura Económica, Madrid, 1982,
  • Poesia; Jaime GIL DE BIEDMA,: Antología poética (2001); Alianza Editorial, SA; Fuguet, Alberto; Sergio Gomez (Eds),
  • Presentación del país McOndo, En McOndo, Barcelona: Grijalbo, 1996;
  • Amores Perros (2000) Filmax DVD;
  • Ay Carmela! [1990] Arrow Warner Home Video DVD;

Students will be advised to buy any relevant materials at the beginning of the course.


Exam (60%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.
Oral examination (20%) in the ST.
Continuous assessment (20%) in the MT and LT.

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2015/16: 6

Average class size 2015/16: 5

Capped 2015/16: Yes (12)

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication

Course survey results

(2013/14, 2015/16 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: 100%



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