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SPAN243 Latin American Culture and Literature

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Explores the shaping of Latin American culture out of its indigenous, European and African roots. (For students with knowledge of Spanish; texts will be in Spanish)

What would you like to learn about Latin America? This paper focuses on the development of Latin America's cultural identity out of its indigenous, African and European roots. The primary objective of this paper is to give students an insight into the cultural and social evolution of Latin America, seeking to explain the race relations, music, ideas and political movements that helped to shape its cultural landscape.

Paper title Latin American Culture and Literature
Paper code SPAN243
Subject Spanish
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $929.55
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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36 points
SPAN 212, SPAN 263
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Suitable for undergraduate students interested in Latin American literature.

Teaching staff

Paper Convenor: Dr Adelso Yánez

Paper Structure
This paper explores the following topics:
  • What are the aspects that define a possible profile of Latin American culture?
  • Which countries are included in the concept of Latin America?
  • The linguistic richness of Latin America and its ties with Europe
  • Miscegenation, immigration and multiculturalism

Readings are assigned on Blackboard.

Course outline

Contact the Languages and Cultures programme for a short course outline.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Understand several literary terms and concepts and be able to use them in explaining and interpreting literary texts
  • Demonstrate familiarity with a diverse range of literary genres (novel, theatre), trends, schools and groups
  • Analyse literary texts within the political, historical and aesthetic contexts in which they were produced
  • Demonstrate the ability to discuss the ideas of the texts
  • Exhibit an understanding of the most relevant characteristics or approaches of literary criticism

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 16:00-16:50 9-15, 18-22
Tuesday 16:00-16:50 9-15, 17-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 9-15, 17-21