Spanish and Latin American Studies

Study Spanish and Latin American studies and graduate with a university degree

This course achieved 90% student satisfaction in the most recent National Student Survey.

In the 21st century, the knowledge of other languages and cultures has become vital. Among these, the Spanish language and the cultures of Spain and Latin America have a great impact. Why learn Spanish? Why learn about the cultures of the Spanish-speaking cultures? 450 million people speak Spanish, which makes it one of the most useful languages in the world for travel and the language of one of the largest business, professional and academic markets.

Our courses provide an in-depth study of the language and of the vibrant modern cultures of Spain and Latin America, as well as historical and social aspects of these. We offer courses both for beginners and for those with a prior background in Spanish. Language skills open a wide range of career opportunities in business, teaching, the civil service, academia or publishing. Teaching is led by a team of academics with a wide range of research interests including film and cinema, anthropology, history and literature of Spain and Latin America. These guarantee that the linguistic and cultural diversity of the studied countries is taken into account.

Entrance requirements

Four-year Honours degree

SQA Higher:
BBBB - one sitting.
ABBB - two sittings.

GCE A-level:
BBC

IB Diploma:
32 points.

Essential subjects:
To include French or Spanish if applying to joint honours in French and Spanish.

Three-year Honours degree


SQA Adv Higher:
ABB - one sitting.

GCE A-level:
ABB

IB Diploma:
35 points.

Essential subjects:
To include Spanish.

Other qualifications

HNC/HND:

Year one entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions.

Advanced entry
Not possible.

Access courses:
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

Essential subjects:
As listed above or equivalent.

Additional information

Modes of study

Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).

Course contact

Dr Antonio Sanchez University of Stirling
Stirling
FK9 4LA
Scotland
UK
+ 44 (0) 1786 467544 www.stir.ac.uk/arts-humanities

Course Director

Professor Ann Davies

Find out more

http://www.stir.ac.uk/arts-humanities

Degree course

Students take Spanish plus two other subjects in Years 1 and 2.

Semesters 1 – 4

You may study Spanish at advanced level or as a beginner. The advanced course in the first four semesters comprises tuition in written and spoken Spanish designed to advance further your knowledge of the language. At the same time, you will undertake an introduction to modern Spanish and Latin American cultures.

The beginners’ course concentrates on learning the language in the first two semesters with a dedicated language course, based on seminar-size classes. In the first semester of Year 2, beginners progress to an intermediate course, enhancing their knowledge of the language whilst being progressively introduced to the study of Spanish and Latin American cultures. In Semester 4, they are ready to join students from the Advanced course, having now acquired a good knowledge of the language and the necessary skills to study Spanish and Latin American cultures more intensively.

Semesters 5 – 8

An integrated, and consecutively structured series of language courses enhances your ability to use the language in both written and spoken forms.

At the same time, there is a wide variety of more specialised option modules from which to choose. Recent options deal with the Culture of the Andes, the Experience of Migration in Modern Spain, the Experiences of Indigenous Women in Latin America, the Representation of War in Spanish Culture, Mexico’s Cultural Identity, Documenting Latin America, and Argentine History, Politics and Society in Film.

In your final year of study, you may write a dissertation on a subject of your choice, in place of taught modules. Only if you are taking Single Honours in Spanish and Latin American Studies is it mandatory to write a dissertation.

Module titles

  • Representations of Space in Spanish Cinema
  • Representations of War in Spanish Culture
  • Mexico's Cultural Identity in the 20th Century
  • Argentine History, Politics and Society in Film
  • Myths from Peru: Cultural and Religious Hybridity in a Colonial Context

Teaching and assessment

A wide range of teaching methods is employed, including: lectures, language tutorials, seminars, oral practice sessions with a native speaker, language and/ or IT laboratory sessions, and self-access of learning resources. Formal assessment is by coursework (in the form of language exercises, essays on set topics, oral presentations) and examinations of various types, including oral exams in Spanish; written examinations require essay-type answers, and language laboratory examinations test the advancement in language structures. Modules are assessed by coursework and examination.

Example timetable

The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.

Semester 1 - Spanish Beginners

Degree: Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Spanish

ACC9A1 Accounting I
SPA9B1 Introductory Spanish 1 - for students who do NOT have a pass in Higher/A Level Spanish
REL911 Religion, Ethics and Society

Semester 1 - Spanish Advanced

Degree: Bachelor of Arts with Honours in French and Spanish

FRE9A1 Introduction to Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures -for students with Higher/A level
SPA9A1 Spanish and Latin American Studies 1 - for students with Higher/A level Spanish
LIN911 Language and Society

Semester 7

Degree: Bachelor of Arts with Honours in International Management and Intercultural Studies

FRE9L7 Honours Language
MKT9IE International and Export Marketing
SPA9L7 Honours Language

Combined degrees

Spanish can be studied with:
CourseUCAS Code
Accountancy NR44
Business Studies NRF4
Computing Science GR44
English Studies QR34
Film and Media RP43
French RR14
Global Cinema and Culture PR34
History RV41
Human Resource Management NR64
Journalism Studies PR54
Law MR14
Marketing N5R4
Professional Education (Primary) with Modern Languages XR18
Sociology LR34

Spanish can be studied as a component of other degrees. See Modern Languages for details.

Related degrees

The very strong interconnection between the lecturers' research interests and the resulting diversity of disciplines and their interrelationship make Spanish and Latin American studies a unique experience which can combine film and cinema, literature, history, social sciences and anthropology with each other.

The broad variety of possible degrees, i.e. subject combinations, are distinctive to the University of Stirling and enable students to choose subjects according to their genuine interests. These include, for example, the often chosen Single Honours Spanish and Joint Honours French and Spanish, but can also comprise most other disciplines, such as Business, Journalism or Marketing and Spanish, Intercultural Studies and languages. From Spanish and Latin American Studies students Stirling requires a mandatory semester (not a year) abroad (ERASMUS), which may be complemented by a professional year in a Spanish-speaking country (British Council).

Study abroad

Honours students of Spanish are required to spend a period of residence abroad, usually in Semester 6, studying at a Spanish-speaking university. In certain degrees, including Single Honours Spanish, the whole of Semesters 5 and 6 can be spent at a Spanish university. There are ERASMUS exchange agreements with the Universities of Barcelona, Léon, Santander, Navarra, Córdoba, Granada and Santiago de Compostela. In Latin America, there are exchange agreements with Mexico City, Santiago de Chile and Cordoba in Argentina.

In addition you also have the option of working for a year abroad between Semesters 4 and 5, which students often spend in paid employment, typically as a language assistant teaching English in a school.

Strengths

This course offers several particular features.

  • Spanish for All: beginners without previous knowledge as well as those who have learned Spanish already can start studying the language from their first semester.
  • Research and Teaching: all lecturers integrate their own research into the teaching, which creates an up to date and motivating state of the classes' content. 
  • Language and Culture: in Stirling we lay special emphasis on the combination of the study of language and culture and their interrelationship, using examples from practical life as well as different theoretical approaches. 
  • Critical and Transferable Skills: it is our aim for students to gain a critical awareness of the Spanish and Latin American world(s) and at the same time acquire abilities to transmit their knowledge to other fields of study and practical work.
  • Spanish and Education: students can combine languages and education, and through this be well prepared for a secondary school education career when finishing their studies at Stirling.
  • Lecturers for Students: our tutors are always ready and open for small group or individual conversations, either to clarify questions or help students deepen their interest in a certain field.

Academic strengths

It is one of our main academic objectives to train young people to become critical members of society who can use their own judgement. This training is based on applied and theoretical approaches which students elaborate and deepen together with their lecturers. Our education also aims at independence and creativity. In order to obtain these results, lecturers emphasise the learning process and motivation of the student (rather than adopting a teacher-centred attitude).

Our students

All our students want to become efficient in speaking and writing in the Spanish language and they tend to enjoy the combination of culture and language aspects. Towards the end of their studies they are open to and ready for different kinds of careers, mostly in some sector of the private economy or, for example, in the civil service. Increasingly students opt for a combination of Spanish and Education which qualifies them as secondary school teachers. Each year more students take a Single Honours degree, which means that they get immersed in particular aspects of Spanish and Latin American language and culture(s). Other students accompany their main field of interest (e.g. business studies) by the efficient learning of Spanish so as to broaden their employability.

Content (of the final year course) was interesting and challenging. Stirling’s teaching is brilliant and staff are always available for students. Going to university is about much more than just learning a language; there are so many other important skills to learn (how to manage your workload, how to get help when you need it, etc). The Honours year provides the opportunity to work hard and improve and we are able to be proud of our achievements and degree. Also, the degree helps towards further study or work.

Vicky Huyskens, Spanish and Latin American Studies, graduated in 2011

Our Staff

Sabine Dedenbach-Salazar (MA, PhD, Habilitation) joined the University of Stirling in 2006, after having taught at Bonn University (Germany) and previously at St Andrews University. She is Senior Lecturer in Latin American and Amerindian Studies. Her research focuses on Amerindian cultures and languages, and she combines ethnohistory, cultural anthropology and ethnolinguistics, fields that enable her to study the culture and language of the so-called 'indigenous peoples'. She is (co-) coordinator of the University research groups on 'Latin America and the Caribbean', 'Translating Christianities' and 'Crossing Cultures'.

94% of University of Stirling 2012 graduates have found work, or are in a further programme of study within 6 months of graduation. The Telegraph ranks Stirling in the top 12 UK universities for getting a job.

Career opportunities

Language skills are highly sought after by employers and open up a wide range of career opportunities. Graduates have secured jobs in teaching both in Spanish, and transmitting English as a foreign language abroad, in translating and interpreting, finance, the civil service, industry and commerce, marketing, administration, publishing and public relations as well as academia.

Fees 2014/5

Overseas students (non-EU)£ 11,000.00
Scottish and EU students£ 1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK£6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years

Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.

Please note: Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.

Funding

Spanish and Latin American Studies
  • Degree award BA (Hons)
  • UCAS Code R410
  • Type Campus based, Full-time
  • Start date September
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