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Latin American Literature I

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeSPLA108
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageSpanish
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ECTS Credits

10

Level of Study

Bachelor

Semester of Instruction

Spring

Place of Instruction

Bergen

Objectives and Content

The course gives insight into central topics in modern Spanish American literature with an emphasis on tendencies in contemporary literature.

The students will work with a representative selection of texts, genres and periods, and develop an analytical understanding of the character of the texts. The course will give insight into central issues and questions within Spanish and Latin-American literature, and students will develop the ability to analyze subject material and draw their own conclusions.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge:

The candidate

  • has knowledge about representative texts, genres, and currents in modern Spanish American literature
  • has developed basic text analysis skills

Skills:

The candidate

  • can read and interpret modern literary works in Spanish
  • can express him/herself in written and spoken Spanish, both about literary topics and more generally

General Competence:

The candidate

  • can analyze subject material and draw their own conclusions
  • can further develop their knowledge, skills, and understanding through further study and in their professional life

Required Previous Knowledge

There are no formal requirements, but all teaching will be held in Spanish and requires a good command of the Spanish language.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

An introductory course in Spanish or Spanish Level 2 taken in upper secondary school (VGS).

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

SPLA102 (10 credits), SLAN614 (10 credits)

Access to the Course

The course is open to all with admission to the University of Bergen, and for students in the teacher education program at the university colleges in UH-nett Vest (the University and College Network for Western Norway) who have been admitted through the cooperation agreement with UiB.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Instruction is organized as a series of lectures, where the required course texts will be commented and analyzed. Both the historical context and the formal and thematic qualities of the texts will be discussed. In addition, the students will work in smaller groups with language, content, and other aspects of the texts in the curriculum. Lectures are given four hours a week for ten weeks. Additionally, there will be small group classes that focus on text analysis and writing competence, if resources are available.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

There are two mandatory assignments: a short written summary of a literary text and an oral text commentary. These assignments must be completed by the deadlines, and are assessed as approved/not approved.

According to the University of Bergen's degree- and academic regulations, the students are given one new attempt per assignment if one or more of them were not approved the first time. Both assignments must be approved before the students can be assessed in the course.

The mandatory course assignments are valid for one semester after the semester the course was taken.

Forms of Assessment

Assessment for the course is based on an oral exam. For the oral exam, the student will hold a 10-12 minute presentation of a topic given by the course instructor one week before the exam. After the presentation, the student will be examined on one other course topic. The grade will be based on the presentation and the conversation afterwards. The exam will be in Spanish.

Examination Support Material

Students may use monolingual and bilingual (for example Norwegian-Spanish/Spanish-Norwegian) dictionaries approved by the Department during the exam. The students must bring their own dictionary to the exam and be aware of and follow the rules regarding dictionary use on exams.

Grading Scale

The grading scale A-F is used, where F is a failing grade.

Assessment Semester

Spring/Fall

Reading List

The course reading (in total 400 pages) includes a selection of literary texts (novels, drama, short stories, and poetry) mainly from Spanish American contemporary literature. In addition, there will be historical reference works or a historical overview from an anthology relating to the literary texts. There will be an attempt to represent female and male authors equally.

Course Evaluation

The teaching will be evaluated according to the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.

Programme Committee

The program committee is responsible for the academic content and the structure of the program, as well as for the quality of the study program and related courses.

Course Administrator

The Department of Foreign Languages at the Humanities Faculty is responsible for the administration of this course and study program.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    11.09.2017