Postgraduate course

Spanish Linguistics

Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

SPLA321 is a specialised course dealing with a topic within the field of Spanish linguistics. The contents of the course vary from semester to semester. Courses may be offered on topics such as applied linguistics, text linguistics, discourse analysis, translation theory, pragmatics, or combinations of the above.

Learning Outcomes

The student:

  • has achieved sound insight into theoretical and methodological perspectives relevant to the linguistic field dealt with in the course.
  • is familiar with recent research within the field dealt with in the course.
  • can formulate research questions for, plan and carry out a small-scale research project.

is able to continue developing his/her competence and specialisation in a critical and independent manner.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

It is recommended that students complete SPLA311 before starting SPLA321.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

SPLA301 (10 credits)

Access to the Course

The course is open to students enrolled in the Master¿s programme in Spanish language and Latin-American studies at the University of Bergen.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Teaching is given in the form of seminars totalling 24 hours; either two hours per week for 12 weeks or in concentrated blocks.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

In the course of the semester, students are required to submit a draft of their term paper and to attend supervision. Supervision via e-mail will be given only in extraordinary circumstances and only following application to the department. Deadlines for submission of term paper drafts will be announced in the seminars.

Approved coursework is valid for one semester following the semester of instruction.

Forms of Assessment

Students are to write a supervised term paper of ca. 4,000 words in Spanish plus bibliography. The topic for the term paper must be approved by the course instructor. The term paper will be assessed by a committee at the end of the semester.

Students are required to write at least one of the supervised term papers in SPLA321 and SPLA322 individually. However, two students can agree to co-write one of the term papers, in which case the term paper must be ca. 6,000 words in Spanish plus bibliography. Co-written papers will be graded jointly.

Grading Scale

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

Reading List

The reading list consists of ca. 500 pages of relevant and theoretically-based linguistic literature.

As a rule, students are to adhere to the course reading list given the semester the course is taken. However, alternative reading lists may be approved following an application to the course instructor(s) which argues for the alternative reading list. In semesters where no teaching is given, the reading list from the previous semester is to be used.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated in accordance with the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.


Contact Information


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Supervised paper

    Submission deadline
    02.05.2018, 13:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam