ALS225 - Introduction to the Spanish-Speaking World Through Its Arts, Histories and Cultures

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Elena Alonso Mira

Students must have completed units ALS100 and ALS150 at Deakin or equivalent level of proficiency demonstrated by sitting a language placement test

Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture per week (recordings provided), 1 x 2-hour online seminar per week


This unit explores the contemporary Spanish-speaking world through literary texts, films, historical documents, and cultural artefacts. It will provide an overview of the richness, heterogeneity and complexity of Spain and Latin America through authentic texts in Spanish. Students will engage with and comment on key moments, characters and cultural texts in the Spanish-speaking world in both English and Spanish.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Interpret, discuss and analyse authentic materials in Spanish, including written, visual, and audio texts

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Theorise, discuss and express complex ideas orally and in writing, in Spanish and English

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO2: Communication


Critically engage with knowledge about the Spanish-speaking world in order to analyse, evaluate, extract, and use information from authentic texts in Spanish in writing and orally

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 -Online/Seminar Exercises 400 words
or equivalent in foreign language
10% Ongoing
Assessment 2 - Writing Exercise 1000 words
or equivalent in foreign language
25% Week 6
Assessment 3 - Presentation 800 words
or equivalent in foreign language
20% Ongoing
Assessment 4 - Essay in English 1800 words
or equivalent
45% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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