ALS325 - Cultures of Resistance in the Spanish - Speaking World

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Ramon Lopez Castellano

Students must have completed units ALS200 and ALS250

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

All students are required to dedicate up to 10-hours a week to their Spanish Studies: 3 compulsory hours of lecture-time (as above); 3-hours of independent study and research; and 3 or more hours of immersion in Spanish (through films, music, literature, etc.).


This Unit will advance students’ fluency and competence in Spanish to a high-intermediate level, low-advanced level. The unit explores cultural texts and artefacts to determine what they say about the societies and cultures of Latin America and Spain throughout the 20th
and 21st centuries. The unit examines narrative fiction, poetry, film and socio-political movements to gain a deeper understanding of the issues and conditions of these societies. Students learn about the traditions of Latin America and Spain from authentic materials in Spanish. Overall, the unit offers a panoramic view of the Spanish-speaking world through its cultural representations. (CERFL B1/B2)

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

Evaluate authentic materials in Spanish and engage real-life situations in the target language

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy


Effectively communicate complex ideas orally and in writing in the target language

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Critically analyse cultures and societies of the Spanish-speaking world and work with others to engage with concrete and abstract topics in Spanish

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Critically analyse socio-cultural texts from Latin America and Spain

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Reading diary of the theory presented in weeks 1 and 2 800 words
or equivalent in foreign language
20% Week 4
Assessment 2 (Group) - Recorded discussion of a topic 800 words
or equivalent in foreign language
20% Week 7
Assessment 3 - Written commentary on selected group discussion recordings 800 words
or equivalent in foreign language
20% Week 10
Assessment 4 - Essay 1600 words
or equivalent in foreign language
40% 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

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ALS325
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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