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Study Spanish at Otago

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Overview

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is the official language for more than 400 million people and is spoken in Spain, Central and South America, Mexico, the United States, the Philippines and some parts of Africa. Within the Pacific Rim context, Spanish is expected to become a major language of communication in coming years.

Spanish-speaking countries account for an increasing proportion of world trade and are becoming important target markets for New Zealand exporters. The New Zealand government has also indicated a strong interest in developing cultural links with South America.

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Contact details

Email languages@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/spanish

Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Spanish (SPAN) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Diploma in Language (DipLang) endorsed in Spanish

Papers
  • SPAN 131  Introductory Spanish 1
  • SPAN 132  Introductory Spanish 2
  • SPAN 231  Intermediate Spanish 1
  • SPAN 232  Intermediate Spanish 2
  • SPAN 233  Business Spanish
  • SPAN 331  Advanced Spanish 1
  • SPAN 332  Advanced Spanish 2
  • Students admitted directly to papers at 200- or 300-level must replace their prerequisites with other papers in the subject concerned.

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Diploma in Language and Culture (DipLangC) endorsed in Spanish

No new enrolments are being accepted for this programme.

Papers

Seven SPAN papers, including at least two 300-level SPAN papers:

  • At least one of:
  • At least four of:
    • SPAN 141  Introduction to Hispanic Culture
    • SPAN 242  Spanish Culture and Literature
    • SPAN 243  Latin American Culture and Literature
    • SPAN 341  Special Topic in Hispanic Studies
    • SPAN 342  The Spanish Civil War and Historical Memory
    • SPAN 343  Latin American Popular Culture
    • SPAN 347  19th Century Latin American Literature
    • SPAN 348  Poetry and Dictatorship in 20th Century Latin America

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Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Spanish

Level Papers Points
100-level

SPAN 131  Introductory Spanish 1

SPAN 132  Introductory Spanish 2

GLBL 101  Introduction to Intercultural Communication

18

18

18

200-level

SPAN 231  Intermediate Spanish 1

SPAN 232  Intermediate Spanish 2

One of SPAN 233, SPAN 243, SPAN 250, SPAN 251, EURO 202, GLBL 201, GLBL 202

18

18

18

300-level

SPAN 331  Advanced Spanish 1

SPAN 332  Advanced Spanish 2

Two of SPAN 341, SPAN 342, SPAN 343, SPAN 350, SPAN 351, EURO 302, GLBL 301, GLBL 302

Note: Students with previous knowledge of Spanish will be placed in SPAN language papers appropriate to their level. Students placed in 200- or 300-level language papers will still have to pass approved papers worth 180 points in order to major in Spanish.

18

18

36

Plus

180 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

180
Total   360

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Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Spanish

Papers

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Master of Arts (MA) in Spanish

Thesis
  • Thesis: SPAN 5

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Master of Arts (MA) in Spanish - coursework option

Papers
  • SPAN 590 Research Dissertation
  • Two of:
    HUMS 501 Writing and Revision for Graduate Research
    HUMS 502 Research Methods in the Humanities
    HUMS 503 Key Debates in the Humanities

  • either
    SPAN 441 Advanced Topics in Spanish
    SPAN 451 Studies in Spanish
    SPAN 452 Studies in Spanish 2
  • or
    SPAN 441 Advanced Topics in Spanish and two other approved 400-level papers.

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Minor Subject Requirements

Spanish as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Papers Points

Five SPAN papers, at least one of which must be at 300-level and including at least two of:

90

Total 90

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