How will my degree be structured?
Year One (Level 1)
One of the exciting features about Hispanic Studies is the range of possibility it offers. The Level 1 course introduces you to the various fields of study within Hispanic culture.
You will join us either with a good grade at A Level Spanish or, as part of our Beginners' course, with a good grade in another modern foreign language. These groups follow different courses at Level 1 and have separate language classes in Level 2. In the final year, after the year abroad, no distinction is made between beginner and post-A Level students.
At Level 1 and Level 2 you will have the option to study Portuguese and/or Catalan Studies at Beginners' level.
To prepare you for the rigours of academic study, the course covers academic skills such as research and referencing. You are also welcome to explore modules from other departments to make up your full complement of credits at this level.
Year Two (Level 2)
There is a range of core language modules in Level 2, which depend on the degree programme you are following. All modules focus on both written and spoken language complemented by online grammar exercises and activities. There is a core content module too.
The rest of the course is made up of optional modules; you can explore literary and cultural studies, social and area studies, or linguistic studies.
Dual Honours students will not cover the same range of specialised studies as Single Honours students, but will be able to study at least one area in depth. Single Honours students are also required to study either Portuguese or Catalan.
As your module choices start to personalise your degree, you will develop skills which go beyond linguistic and cultural knowledge and are relevant to the world of work. These include communication skills, research and information-handling techniques, leadership and team work.
Year Three (year abroad)
Depending on your degree programme, you will spend either one or two semesters in a Spanish-speaking country. You can study at a university, pursue voluntary work, do a business placement or work as a language assistant.
Teaching and assessment
We believe that learning is most effective – and most enjoyable - when it involves active participation in class and it contributes to the sense of community within the wider department. Therefore we teach via a mix of small group classes (10-16 students), seminars and lectures.
All modules involve an independent study component, usually in the form of preparatory reading. You will also be asked to give papers or presentations for some classes. Some modules include directed study programmes, in which tasks are set by the tutor for completion over the course of the module.
You will be assessed using a variety of forms, including coursework, dissertations, presentations and both written and oral examinations.
In addition to being taught by a variety of tutors, you will also be assigned a personal tutor to help you with any queries/problems as they arise.
Year Four (Level 3)
The core language modules in your fourth year will cement the language skills and cultural knowledge developed in your study to date.
The wide and varied range of optional modules in the fourth year give you the chance to develop detailed specialist knowledge across a range of topics, according to your areas of expertise and interest.