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ALS370 - Advanced 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: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Ramon Lopez Castellano

All 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 - cloud:

1 x 2-hour online seminar per week


This unit is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to develop a research question and complete a self-directed project in Spanish. Students completing this unit will undertake a self-directed research project under the supervision of the Unit Chair and/or other teaching staff. The unit will guide the development and expansion of the research project on topics related to the Spanish-speaking world (literature, history, culture, biography, etc.).

Each student will develop a unique research question, and will complete the research and writing of the project in Spanish.

Throughout the trimester, students will develop in-depth knowledge of a particular aspect of the Spanish-speaking world, as well as develop and enhance their research skills as they work toward the completion of a research paper in Spanish. This is a unit for advanced students of the language.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate ability to communicate informed and complex ideas, orally and in writing, in relation to the societies and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world in Spanish

GLO2: Communication


Work and learn collaboratively with other language students and native Spanish speakers while maintaining responsibility for their own learning

GLO7: Teamwork


Analyse and evaluate information relating to and expressed in Spanish to support effective and natural language use. Analyse, reflect on and critically evaluate social and cultural practises of the Spanish-speaking world

GLO4: Critical thinking


Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and enhancing the mastery of Spanish, and to developing critical skills to engage the Spanish-speaking world

GLO6: Self-management

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) - Research and Writing Exercise 1000 words 20% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Presentation    20% Ongoing
Assessment 3 (Individual) - Essay 3000 words 60% 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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