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ALS360 - Selected Topics in Spanish


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Eugenia Demuro

4 units: ALS200, ALS225, ALS250, ALS300



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

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

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x combined 3-hour class/seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

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


This unit will introduce students to Latin American and Spanish literary traditions and movements through the study of the short story form in Spanish. The unit examines a range of literary forms and styles, whilst at the same analysing the portrayal of Latin American and Spanish reality and culture as (re)presented in short fiction. Key authors and traditions are presented chronologically in order to emphasise continuity and rupture within literary lineages, and as a means of tracing historical and social developments in the Spanish-speaking world. Students are given the opportunity to experience the cultural diversity of Latin America and Spain through some of its most emblematic literary works from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Spain.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate and apply a mastery of language systems (pronunciation, grammar, syntax, lexical variety, and sociolinguistic practices) for academic purposes

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Analyse, reflect on and critically evaluate social and cultural practises of the Spanish-speaking world

GLO4: Critical thinking


Communicate effectively and naturally. Demonstrate ability to communicate informed and complex ideas about the cultures, and literary traditions, of the Spanish-speaking world

GLO2: Communication


Develop intercultural awareness and global citizenship by reflecting on, and responding to, issues related to the societies and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, taking into account cultural and socio-economic diversity, and social and environmental responsibility

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Essay 1000 words 25% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Presentation 15 minutes 25% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 (Individual) - Journal 2000 words 50% Information not yet available

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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