Undergraduate course

Culture and Society in Latin America

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeSPLA119
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageSpanish
  • Resources

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course aims to provide insight into two till three different topics concerning culture and society in Latin America and Spain. Which topics will be focused on, will be decided by the staff member responsible for the course, and will vary from year to year.

The course aims at providing students with insight into selected central topics and questions in contemporary Latin American society and culture, and to some extent also Spanish society and culture. The students are to example the course material and draw their own conclusions. In addtion, the students should develop their skills at understanding and using modern Spanish, both orally and in writing.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student should:

  • gain insight into two to three principal themes concerning contemporary Latin American cultures and societies.
  • understand how different perspectives mark the accounts of Latin American societies.


The student should:

  • be able to explain some principal features and connections in contemporary Latin American cultures and societies.

General competence

The student:

  • is able to analyse academic texts and draw their own conclusions.
  • can demonstrate knowledge and ability to engage in an academic discussion in shorter pieces of writing, using clear and correct Spanish
  • is able to further extend his or her knowledge, skills, and understanding through continued studies or employment.

Required Previous Knowledge

No formal requirement, but all teaching is in Spanish, and demands a solid command of the language.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Introductory Spanish course or equivalent. It is advantageous to have completed the course SPLA109.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

SPLA104 (10 ECTS Credits), SPLA123H (10 ECTS Credits) SLAN613 (10 ECTS Credits)

Access to the Course

The course is open to all students at UiB.

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is based on lectures, seminar groups and group discussions, and therefore requires that students take active part in class. Normally, lectures are held for two hours a week for eight weeks, and seminar groups are held for two hours a week for eight weeks. The teaching may also be organized into larger bulks.

In the case that less than five students register for a course, the organized teaching may be adapted to fit the number of students. If this occurs, students will be informed at the start of the semester, and before the registration deadline 1. February/1. September.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Each student must complete a 5-minute oral presentation and a knowledge test of 1 hour during the semester. Both assignments are carried out in connection with class, and the students will be notified early in the semester on which dates these assignments will be held on. Both assignments are evaluated as a pass/fail.

Each student must also complete a mandatory supervision in connection with writing the term paper. Tutorials are not offered via email or by telephone.

In accordance with the University of Bergen's Regulations for Degrees and Studies, the students have the right to a second try for each assignment, if one or more of the first hand-ins were not passed. The assignment must be approved before the student can be assessed in the course.

The compulsory assignment is valid for one semester after the teaching semester.

Forms of Assessment

The course is assessed with a supervised term paper of 2000-2500 words, written in Spanish. The students can choose the topic for the paper from a list provided by the staff member responsible for the course. The paper is graded on both contexts and langauge.

When retaking the exam in the semester without instruction, students must submit the revised term paper without further supervision.

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

The exam is marked in the grade scale A-F, where F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Autumn. There will also be given an assessment early in the spring semester for students with valid compulsory course work.

Reading List

The reading list (about 400 pages) is comprised of reference texts, articles and other course materials, and will vary base don the topics the course focuses on.

Course Evaluation

The teaching is evaluated in accordance with the quality control 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

Department of Foreign Languages


Contact Information


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Term paper

    Submission deadline
    04.03.2020, 13:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam