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Advanced Studies in Latin American Literature with Bachelor's Thesis

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeSPLA258
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageSpanish
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Teaching semester


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Objectives and Content

SPLA258 is an advanced course in Latin American literature worth 10 ECTS credits. The course topic will vary from semester to semester.

The course features specialization in a topic from Latin American literature, for example, a period, genre, theme, national literature, or similar topic.

Students will have broad general knowledge in the subject area and deeper knowledge in a limited area. They will work independently on academic issues and demonstrate their own development in competence and specialization.

Learning Outcomes


The candidate

  • has solid knowledge on a specific topic in Spanish American literature
  • has greater insight into literary and cultural contextual relationships


The candidate

  • has developed the ability to use relevant analytical tools to interpret different issues in Spanish American literature
  • has further developed their language competence, especially with regard to discussing more complex literary, cultural, and academic questions

General Competence:

The candidate

  • has the ability to continue with a Master¿s program in Spanish language and Latin American studies (after also having completed other required or elective courses)

Required Previous Knowledge

No formal requirements, but all teaching is in Spanish and is based on knowledge of Spanish corresponding to the courses at the 100-level in Spanish language and Latin American studies.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

SPLA258 is based on knowledge of Spanish corresponding to the courses at the 100-level in Spanish language and Latin American studies. The teaching builds on SPLA108 and SPLA118.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

SPLA208 (10 credits), SPLA202/252 (10 credits), SLAN641 (10 credits)

Teaching and learning methods

The classes are a combination of lecture and seminar, and are held for four hours a week for ten weeks. Classes are shared with SPLA208.

If fewer than five students register for a course, instruction will be tailored to the number of students. If this is the case, students will be informed of alternate instruction arrangements at the beginning of the semester prior to the registration deadline of Feb 1/Sept 1.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Students must attend at least 70% of the classes in order to be allowed to take the final course assessment.

The supervised Bachelor's thesis described under "Forms of Assessment" must be turned in for supervision during the semester within set deadlines. The deadlines are final, and the students are responsible for keeping themselves informed of these deadlines. There will be two tutoring sessions by agreement between the course instructor and student. It is mandatory for students to attend tutoring sessions at the agreed times. Supervision via email or phone is not normally given.

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

Forms of Assessment

In the course, the following forms of assessment will be used:

Course assessment includes a supervised Bachelor's thesis and an oral exam. The length of the Bachelor's thesis should be about 3500 words plus bibliography, written in Spanish. The oral exam is a conversation in Spanish about the course required readings, where the Bachelor's thesis may also be brought up.

The Bachelor's thesis is worth 60% of the final grade and the oral exam is worth 40%. Failing one of these parts means that the final course grade in SPLA258 will be an F. Both parts of the exam must be passed the same semester.

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

The Bachelor's thesis and oral exam fulfill the requirements for independent work that is a necessary part of a Bachelor's degree. A maximum of one course with the SPLA250 course code can be taken during the same semester.

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Grading Scale

The grading scale is A-F, where F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Spring. There will also be given an assessment early in the fall semester for students with valid compulsory course assigments.

Reading List

The required course reading (in total 600 pages) includes a selection of literary works and texts, in addition to scholarly and historical articles related to these texts. There will be an attempt to represent female and male authors equally in the course readings.

As a rule, students are to adhere to the course reading list given the semester the course is taken. However, one may, in special cases, get permission to replace the reading list with that of an earlier semester. This requires an application at the beginning of the semester. Contact the Department of Foreign Languages.

Course Evaluation

The teaching is 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

Department of Foreign Languages


Contact Information


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Bachelor's thesis and oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Bachelor's thesis

      Submission deadline
      22.09.2020, 13:00
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Oral examination