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Spanish Studies with Latin American Studies

Course overview

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Spanish Studies with Latin American Studies
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Languages, Cultures and Societies
Area Studies
BA R4T7
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/ug/default.aspx
13/08/2019

A-levels: BBB
If Portuguese is taken as the major language, A Level pass (or equivalent) in Italian, Spanish or Portuguese or first language level fluency in Italian, Romanian or Spanish is required.

IB: 30 points. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.
To study Portuguese as your major language, you need a pass in Higher Level Italian, Spanish or Portuguese or fluency in Italian, Romanian or Spanish.

Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on units studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. (Different requirements apply for second year entry.)

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels required. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications.

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.

By the end of the final year, students must have attained a Mastery level 6 (C2) in the major language and at least Intermediate level 3 (B1) in any other language studied. In consequence, any student taking the major language via the intensive route in the first year must attend an approved language course abroad during the summer of the first year and the year abroad must be spent in a country where the major language is spoken. If another language is studied to Mastery level (C2) in the final year, there is a requirement that 16 weeks should be spent in a country where it is spoken.

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 LA440-4-FY or LA421-4-FY Compulsory with Options 30
02 LA422-4-FY or Language (initial to advanced) or Intensive Initial Parts I & II Optional 30
03 LA041-4-AU Language Expert 1 Compulsory 15
04 LA042-4-SP Language Expert 2 Compulsory 15
05 CS141-4-AU Introduction to Contemporary Latin America Compulsory 15
06 Latin American option from list Optional 15
07 LA099-4-FY Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics Compulsory 0

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 LA440-5-FY or LA450-5-FY Compulsory with Options 30
02 LA051-5-FY Language Expert 3 Compulsory 30
03 Language (lower intermediate or above) option from list Optional 30
04 Latin American option(s) from list Optional 30
05 LA099-5-FY Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics Compulsory 0

Year Abroad/Placement - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 AW900-6-FY Compulsory 90

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 LA069-6-FY Language Dissertation Compulsory 30
02 LA460-6-FY Mastery Level Spanish Compulsory 30
03 Language (Higher Intermediate or above) option from list Optional 30
04 Latin American option(s) from list Optional 30
05 LA099-6-FY Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics Compulsory 0

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

Enable students to specialise in Spanish, developing a high level of fluency, accuracy and stylistic and sociolinguistic knowledge.

Students will develop a corresponding level of proficiency in translation and creative writing.

By the end of this course, students will have taken Spanish to mastery level.

A second language can be learnt as a minor component.

Develop students intercultural competence by introducing them to various aspects of the Spanish
- speaking culture with the aim of preparing them for their study abroad experience.

The language modules will be taught through a mixture of lectures, classes, seminars and tutorials which will assess language as well as intercultural skills.

The Latin American modules will allow students to study the art, politics, sociology, and/or history of Latin America with the aim of fostering a critical appreciation of the region from the perspective of these disciplines.

Students will be coached in developing research skills to carry out research for their final year dissertation.

The modules will also provide students with a foundation for further studies in LAS and research and critical skills.

Essay, presentations and unseen exams are the main assessment for the Latin American modules which will be taught through lectures, seminars and classes.

The outcomes listed below represent the minimum expected of a graduate on this scheme; it is anticipated that the vast majority of graduates will achieve significantly more.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis, usage, and socio-stylistic variation in the chosen modern language(s), and (on relevant higher-level courses) techniques of translation, interpreting, and creative writing. A knowledge and understanding of the fundamental historical processes that have shaped Latin America.
A2 Aspects of the culture and society of one or more countries which use the chosen modern language(s) as a medium of communication, drawing comparisons with their own culture and observing contrasts. A knowledge and understanding of the fundamental historical processes that have shaped Latin America.
A3 Linguistic concepts and metalanguage used to describe and analyse the chosen modern language(s), and analytic methods and techniques used to analyse texts and other authentic modern language materials from a variety of perspectives. Students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the social and political issues that have influenced the development of Latin America.
Learning Methods: Modern Language proficiency A1 is developed through classwork, homework, use of dedicated software and Web materials, and the year abroad.

Cultural awareness A2 is developed through class and web materials, and the year abroad (during which students experience, engage with and integrate into another culture, either by a period of study at a partner institution offering the opportunity to operate in a different academic, linguistic and cultural environment, or by working as a language assistant and thereby acquiring valuable vocational experience of working abroad).

Skills of linguistic analysis A3 are developed through study of authentic (textual, or video, or film, or aural) materials in class.

All three types of knowledge and understanding are reinforced by feedback from staff in class, in office hours, or by email.

A1-A3 are acquired through Latin American options lectures and classes in Years 1, 2 and 4 and through a course of study at a Latin American or Spanish university in Year 3.

A4 and A5 are acquired through language courses in all years and through the Year Abroad using a wide range of methods that can combine any of the following: analysis of authentic materials, group discussions in the foreign language, web and laboratory work.
Assessment Methods: Methods employed to assess knowledge and understanding on Spanish modules typically include: role-play activities; class presentations; oral exams; written coursework, e.g.
Essays, book reports, translations, project work; unseen written exams; class tests; web-based assignments involving a web search or producing web materials.

For the Latin American modules assessment is by presentations, unseen written examinations and/or continuous coursework consisting of essays or assignments.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Abstract and synthesise information from authentic written and spoken language materials. Using discipline-based training to think cricially and analytically in relation to a number of different academic disciplines related to Latin America
B2 Interact in the chosen languages, expressing one's own ideas (and responding to those put forward by others) coherently and articulately. Apply a wide range of relevant primary and secondary written, oral and visual sources in their original language, where appropriate in work related to Latin America.
B3 Analyse authentic modern language materials from a variety of perspectives Reason critically, identify, analyse and solve problems, using appropriate methodologies and theories in a modern European language in addition to their native language
B4 For Latin American modules: demonstrate and exercise indpendence of mind and thought
Learning Methods: Methods employed to develop cognitive skills on Modern Languages courses typically include: group discussion of topical themes and analysis of authentic (textual, or video, or film, or aural) materials in class; laboratory work involving use of dedicated software and Web materials; and staff advice, feedback and interaction with students in office hours and via email.

B1-B4 for Latin American modules are acquired through classwork and the submission of coursework in all years.

Students are expected to do independent research to consolidate classwork.

B1 and B3 are also acquired through feedback on course work
Assessment Methods: Methods employed to assess cognitive skills on Modern Languages courses typically include: situationals; presentations; oral exams; written coursework, e.g.
Essays, reports, translations, project work; unseen written exams; class tests; web-based assignments involving a web search or producing web materials.

For Latin American modules: All these skills are assessed in continuous coursework plus oral and written exams in all years.

C: Practical skills

C1 Organising and presenting (orally and in writing) ideas and materials in the specialist languages
C2 Gathering and processing information from different sources, e.g. doing a bibliographic search in the library, accessing material from online databases and locating and downloading appropriate foreign language materials from the Web
Learning Methods: Methods employed to develop practical skills typically include: group discussion of topical themes and analysis of authentic (textual, or video, or film, or aural) materials in class; laboratory work involving use of dedicated software and Web materials; and staff advice, feedback and interaction with students in office hours and via email.

For Latin American modules C1 - C2 are acquired through classes, coursework and preparation for examinations.

C2 is acquired through classes, lectures, essays and assignments.

C3 and C4 are acquired through class training in the two years prior to the period of study abroad and the guided but relatively independent process of organising and successfully completing a period of living and studying in Latin America/Europe.
Assessment Methods: Methods employed to assess practical skills typically include: role-play activities; class presentations; oral exams; written coursework, e.g.
Essays, book reports, translations, project work; unseen written exams; class tests; web-based assignments involving a web search or producing web materials.

For Latin American modules C1 - C2 and C4 are assessed through unseen examinations, coursework essays and assignments in all years, including the Year Abroad.

D: Key skills

D1 Communicating ideas, information and arguments in oral and written form in the specialist languages, with a level of fluency, accuracy, clarity and effectiveness (and sensitivity to register and style) which depends on the level of the modules taken
D2 IT skills which can include word processing, Powerpoint, e-mail, bibliographic searches, locating and downloading foreign language internet materials, and utilising editing and subtitling software packages to improve language competence and support professional skills.
D3 Analysing modern language materials, identifying problems and creatively discussing solutions
D4 Collaborate with others to work creatively and flexibly as part of a team
D5 Working autonomously showing organisation, self-discipline and time management
Learning Methods: Methods employed to develop key skills on Modern Languages modules typically include: group discussion of topical themes and analysis of authentic (textual, or video, or film, or aural) materials in class; workshops and laboratory work involving use of dedicated software and Web materials; and staff advice, feedback and interaction with students in office hours and via email.

For Latin American modules D1 and D6 are acquired through participatory classwork.

D2, D4, and D6 are acquired through independent learning and the presentation of continuous coursework in all years of study.

Students are encouraged to participate in group work to the benefit of the group as a whole, to listen effectively and provide critical feedback in an appropriate manner
Assessment Methods: Methods employed to assess key Spanish typically include: situationals; presentations, using Powerpoint; oral exams; written coursework, e.g.
Essays, reports, translations, project work; unseen written exams; class tests; web-based assignments involving a web search or producing web materials; applying multimedia techniques.

For Latin American modules all key skills are assessed through coursework or assignments on a continuous basis, including the work of the Year Abroad.

D1. is also assessed through written and oral examinations.


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