Spanish and Latin American Studies

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Spanish

In the 21st century, knowledge of other languages and cultures is becoming increasingly important. Among these, Spanish langu‌age and Hispanic cultures will arguably have the greatest impact. Over 400 million people speak Spanish, which makes it the second most spoken language in the world and the language of one of the largest global business markets.

Language skills are highly sought after by employers around the world and open up a wide range of career opportunities. Language graduates are confident communicators and European integration offers increasing job opportunities. Recent graduates from Stirling have secured jobs in teaching both in Spanish and in English as a foreign language at home and abroad, in translating and interpreting, working in the finance sector, the civil service, industry and commerce, marketing, administration, publishing and public relations.

Current Students

Information for Current Students 

Undergraduate Advising

Modules

Autumn

1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year 3rd & 4th Year Options
SPAU9A1 SPAU9A3 SPAU9L5 SPAU9L7 SPAU9BC
SPAU9B1 SPAU9B3     SPAU9RW

Spring

1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year 3rd & 4th Year Options
SPAU9A2 SPAU9A4 CRLUSPA SPAU9L8 SPAU9IC
SPAU9B2       SPAU9MR

Choosing Modules

You should check the University Calendar for details of how your degree is structured and the choices you can make within that structure; follow the links on this page to find more information about all the Spanish modules available. The University will provide you with a list of compulsory modules for your programme; you choose your modules through the on-line registration system on the Portal.

If you have any further questions about module choices, then these can be raised with the adviser of studies Dr Guillermo Olivera.

Learning Support

Student Learning Services provides helpful advice about how to develop your study skills and improve your academic performance: workshops are advertised through Succeed.

Other Guidance

The University has many specialist support services on many different issues from counselling to financial guidance. Your first port of call for these issues is likely to be Student Support Services, or one of the Advisers above, who will be able to liaise with other University departments on your behalf in case of illness or personal difficulty.

Remember that you can also access Student Support Services direct if you need help or advice on any of the following matters:

For help with Study Skills, contact Student Learning Services (SLS) who run online workshops via your WebCT. They also run workshops and seminars throughout the year so keep an eye on noticeboards and the portal for details of those

Study Abroad

Time Abroad

In Semester 6, Honours students must spend a period of residence abroad, studying at a university or business school in a Spain or Latin America.

Currently we have exchanges with Barcelona, Cordoba, Granada, Leon, Santiago de Compostela, Santander in Spain, and with Mexico City and Santiago de Chile in Latin America. All students also have the opportunity to apply for a British Council English Language Assistantship in a Spanish-speaking country between their second and third year of study. Further information related to time abroad as part of your degree can be obtained from the Study Abroad Advisor for Spanish, Mr José María Ferreira-Cayuela

Spanish at Stirling

"Even for me as a student from abroad, it was very easy to get involved in the small university community. Studying Spanish is very versatile, as you get a glimpse into Spanish and Latin-American literature, history and film. The quality of teaching is guaranteed by teachers, who are motivated, helpful and open for new projects. Furthermore, the compulsory semester abroad offers a great opportunity to deepen one’s knowledge about the Spanish language and culture". Nadine Linden, graduate student, 2013.

"The tutors in the Spanish Department are very helpful and very accurate" (National Student Survey 2013)

Why study Spanish at Stirling?

Combining the studies of language and culture, the course encourages students to develop a critical awareness of the Spanish and Latin American worlds, while acquiring the ability to transmit their knowledge to other fields of study and practical work. For instance by combining languages and education, students will be equipped for a secondary school education career on completion of their studies. The combination os of subjects available, for instance with French, allow students to take up a wide variety of careers in publishing, journalism, television, advertising, translation and law, administration and management.

The very strong connection between our lectures' individual research interests and the diversity of disciplines makes this degree course a unique experience, offering language with stimulating combinations of film and media, literature, history, social sciences and anthropology.

Our courses provide in-depth study of the language and the vibrant modern cultures of Spain and Latin America, both for beginners and for those with a prior background in Spanish. We produce graduates with a high level of competence in spoken and written Spanish. Undergraduate modules focus on 20th and 21st century Spain and Latin America, in areas such as Spanish and Latin American cinemas, literature and the visual arts (including painting and photography).

In addition, we also offer the possibility to take modules in Global Cinema, which can be taken by any student as stand-alone modules or as a sequence to form a second subject.

For more detailed information, (including entrance requirements and course content), please visit the Spanish and Latin American Studies section of the website.

Research

Research

Research in Modern Languages at Stirling is characterised temporally by its emphasis on the modern, post-1800 era and spatially by its ability to range across the whole of the French and Spanish-speaking worlds. Our understanding of French Studies is as a decentred space, with an emphasis on broad and deep specialisms in Francophone Studies, especially Africa and Canada/Quebec, as well as metropolitan France. These interests come together in our strengths in global Film Studies, where we bring together more specialists on more francophone areas than in any other French Studies grouping in the world. Hispanic Studies is similarly strong in film and visual cultures, with colleagues working on various aspects of peninsular Spanish and also Argentinian and Mexican cinema. Literary - including travel - writing and theory also play an important role in our interdisciplinary understanding of cultural texts and their production and adaptation across different popular genres, such as horror.

Two other major research themes are located in colonial and postcolonial studies, and in studies of gender and sexualities. The first points to a broad historical view which untangles relations of domination but also accommodation and translation in colonial and post-colonial cultures such as the Andes, Canada, and North and Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the imperial centre(s) in Europe (the resonances of colonial discourses, anti-colonial struggles and post-colonial quandaries in modern French cinema, for example). The second traces the way in which gender and sexual categories are constructed historically and are the subject of contemporary social and political controversy. Here again we bring together a distinctive concentration of specialists working on issues such as the PACs and gay marriage in France, queer theory, and queer Latin American cinema. In pursuing these research themes we work as interdisciplinary groups with colleagues in English Studies, Religion, and Communications and Media, to emphasise the continuities of inquiry that cut across language and culture.

The wider relevance of much of our research is reflected in the partnerships and relations we have developed and are developing with arts festivals and organisations (Africa in Motion, French Film Festival) and community groups (Glasgow Parkour Coaching for work on youth urban cultures, mental and physical health, and relations with the French banlieues).

For More Information please visit the Literature and Languages Divisional Page 

Postgraduate Study

Postgraduate Studies in Spanish and Latin American Studies

Spanish and Latin American Studies staff have a diverse range of expertise, and publish widely in areas related to Argentine cinema, Amerindian cultures and languages, the Andean peoples of South America, contemporary Mexican literature, Gender in film and narrative, contemporary Spanish cinema and visual culture, crime and horror, landscape, space and place in Spanish culture.

Postgraduate supervision is offered across all of these areas of study.

We encourage enquiries from potential postgraduate students interested in any of these fields of further research. Contact details of all staff can be found in Languages, Cultures and Religions academic staff page.

Through our interlinking thematic and disciplinary interests we can offer students a broad spectrum of research tuition and supervision.

We also offer a taught MRes in Translation Studies, an MSc in Translation with TESOL, and an MRes in Humanities.

We warmly welcome enquiries from potential postgraduate students interested in any of these fields of further research.

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