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Introduction to Hispanic Studies


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Taught in Spanish, this module provides you with the opportunity to engage with the target language through a range of key cultural and literary texts. It introduces you to different aspects of Spanish and Latin American studies by focusing on history, culture, politics, arts and society.

On completion of the course, you should be able to engage critically with key events of the Spanish-speaking world and identify its historical, geographical and cultural diversity.

The central theme of the module will be the ways in which works of art either contribute to or subvert the formation of the Spanish empire from the late fifteenth century to the eighteenth century. There will be an emphasis on the relations between politics, religion, 'race' and the visual form.

You will examine primary texts throughout the module. This will include works by the following Spanish and Mexican painters:

  • Diego Velázquez (1599-1660)
  • Juan de Pareja (c.1606-1670)
  • Francisco de Goya (1746-1828)
  • Juan Rodríguez Juárez (1675-1728)

Assessment for this course is via an oral presentation and 1000-word log (20%), 1200-word bibliography (40%), and a 2000-word critical review of one of the works studied (40%).

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis – so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.