Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject examines the relationship between language and society in Latin America and Spain. Topics addressed include: regional linguistic differences, majority and minority languages, the influence of other languages, politeness and forms of address, and language planning. This subject is taught in Spanish.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJose Luis Fernandez Castillo

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites SPA3006 or subject coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
COMMUNICATION - Digital Capability
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Express him/herself fluently in Spanish and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
02. Produce clear, well-structured, detailed Spanish language text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
03. Understand a wide range of Spanish language texts, including academic texts, and demonstrate critical thinking in relation to them.
04. Use the Spanish language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
05. Demonstrate awareness of sociolinguistic topics in the Hispanic world

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJose Luis Fernandez Castillo

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Quizzes (1,600-word equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5
End of semester test (1,200-word equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5
Oral presentation in class followed by discussion (1,200-word equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5