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Study plan for MAHF-SPLA Spanish Language and Latin-American Studies, Master's, 2 years, spring 2020

Objectives and content

The Masters degree is compiled of a Masters thesis (60 credits) and four courses of 15 credits. The Masters thesis is an independent, supervised work of research on a chosen topic from one of the three main disciplines in the subject: (1) Spanish linguistics; (2) Literature and (3) Culture (according to supervision resources of the programme). These three disciplines are the basis for the courses SPLA301-SPLA303. In addition there is the course SPLA304, which is tied to the MA thesis project. The Masters degree will take four semesters to complete.

As a main rule all courses must be completed before you can turn in the thesis.

Required Learning Outcomes

Knowledge

The student shall

  1. Have solid knowledge of Spanish linguistics and Latin American cultural and literature studies.
  2. Have in depth knowledge of the subject area related to scientific theories and methods.
  3. Be able to use knowledge in new areas related to language, cultural studies and literature.

Skills

The student shall

  1. Develop an independent and critical understand of research traditions within the subject.
  2. Continue to develop the linguistic skills from the degree from 1. cycle.
  3. Independently be able to use methods and scientific techniques from the subject in their research related to one of the three main disciplines.

General competencies

The student shall

  1. Be able analyze relevant ethical issues related to the subject, professionalism and research.
  2. Be able to use their knowledge and skills in new area in order to complete specialized tasks and projects.
  3. Be able to communicate about scientific issues, analysis and conclusions related to the subject area, both in general and with specialists.
  4. Be able to add to new research and innovation.

Admission Requirements

In order to apply for the Master¿s Programme in Spanish language and Latin-American Studies you need a bachelor's degree in Spanish language and Latin-American Studies or equivalent. You must hold a minimum of 80 ECTS in relevant courses such as Spanish language and Latin-American Studies, or equivalent.

Bachelor degrees from UiB that qualify:

  • Bachelor degree in Spanish language and Latin-American Studies

Bachelor degrees that qualify:

  • Other bachelor degrees can qualify if you can document minimum 80 ECTS in Spanish language and Latin-American Studies or equivalent

You also need to document:

- IELTS academic - International English Language Testing System: Minimum score of 6.0 in each of the bands: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking 

- TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language, internet-based test (iBT): Minimum total score: 80

- PTE Academic - Pearson Test of English Academic. Minimum overall score: 53

Recommended previous knowledge

Bachelors degree or corresponding with specialization in Spanish Language and Latin-American Studies or corresponding from a foreign higher education institutions.

Introductory Courses

None.

Compulsory units

SPLA304 and SPLA350

Recommended electives

SPLA301, SPLA302 and SPLA303

Sequential Requirements, courses

Code

Name

Credit

Semester

Builds on *)

Compulsory

SPLA301

Spanish linguistics

15

F

Specialization in Spanish Language and Latin-American Studies

Yes**)

SPLA302

Latin-American Literature

15

S

Specialization in Spanish Language and Latin-American Studies

Yes**)

SPLA303

Latin-American Culture

15

S

Specialization in Spanish Language and Latin-American Studies

Yes**)

SPLA304

Preparation for the Masters thesis

15

F

Specialization in Spanish Language and Latin-American Studies

Yes

SPLA350

Masters thesis

60

F, S

Specialization in Spanish Language and Latin-American Studies

Yes

*) Subject requirements

**) Upon application, one of the courses SPLA301, SPLA302 or SPLA303 can be exchanged with another relevant course on the 300-level.

The Masters degree will normally be a four semester full-time study building on in-depth Spanish Language and Latin-American Studies of 90 credits from the Bachelors degree. The Masters degree consists of courses (SPLA301-304), which are 60 credits, and one Masters thesis (SPLA350), which is also 60 credits.

Main admission to the degree is in the fall semester, but it is also possible to apply for admission to the spring semester. For students starting in the fall semester, normal progression in the study will be as demonstrated:

1. semester

SPLA301

SPLA304

2. semester

SPLA302

SPLA303/

Masters thesis

3. semester

Masters thesis

Masters thesis

4. semester

Masters thesis

Masters thesis

For students starting in the spring semester normal progression in the study can be as follows:

1. semester

SPLA302

SPLA303

2. semester

SPLA301

SPLA304/

Masters thesis

3. semester

Masters thesis

Masters thesis

4. semester

Masters thesis

Masters thesis

Everyone with admission to the Masters program has a right to individual supervision in correspondence with the resources of the Spanish section. Student and supervisior will sign a binding supervision contract in the first or second semester, depending on which semester the student takes the course SPLA304. The topic for the MA thesis must be approved by the supervisor.

Study period abroad

It is possible to study abroad, countries which speak Spanish are recommended. The University of Bergen has agreements with several universities in other countries.

Assessment methods

The method of assessment is a supervised semester assignment in the courses SPLA301, SPLA302 and SPLA303. Two students can join in writing the semester assignment in each of the courses together, but it is a requirement that the students must have written minimum one of the semester assignments in the Masters study individually.

For SPLA304 the method of assessment is a project draft with compulsory supervision. The Masters thesis will be assessed by two examiners, not the supervisor.

Access to further studies

A Masters degree in Spanish Language and Latin-American Studies gives research competence.

Employability

Of the relevant alternatives of profession these can be mentioned: researcher/teacher at higher education institutions, teaching in Upper Secondary Schools, translation, libraries, the media, publishers, tourism, business, public sector (including foreign services), aid work, etc. Spanish is also an optional subject in the Primary Schools and in Upper Secondary Schools.

Evaluation

Evaluation of the Program is completed in line with the University of Bergens quality assurance system.