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SPAN141 Introduction to Hispanic Culture

An introduction to the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking peoples of Spain and Latin America.

What do you know about your own culture and the culture of others? Are you interested in learning more about Hispanic culture while also building a better understanding of your own cultural identity? This paper engages students in learning about the diversity of Hispanic culture while reflecting on their own cultural foundations and norms. Students develop a foundational knowledge for more advanced Hispanic culture studies while also engaging with introductory-level academic research and writing.

Paper title Introduction to Hispanic Culture
Paper code SPAN141
Subject Spanish
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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SPAN 111
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Suitable for undergraduate students interested in cultural studies
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Associate Professor Tiffany Trotman
Paper Structure
This paper explores the following topics:
  • What is culture?
  • Multicultural Spain (history, languages, art, literature, cinema)
  • Latin American cultures (indigenism, Afro-Cuban culture, the "Book", politics, cinema)
  • Academic integrity and literacy skills
Textbook to be advised.

Readings as assigned on Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge-based outcomes:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of culture, cultural studies and intercultural competence
  • Demonstrate an increased awareness of one's own culture and a greater understanding of the diversity of Hispanic cultures
Skills-based outcomes:
  • Demonstrate basic research skills to identify suitable resources for an essay project and exhibit an understanding of ethical practice and referencing with respect to essay writing
  • Demonstrate proficiency in analysing a broad range of cultural works
  • Demonstrate critical analysis skills through writing and small-group discussion about cultural phenomenon

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41