SP2TE-Transatlantic Exchanges: The Iberian Peninsula and Latin America in the Nineteenth Century

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites: SP1L1 Beginners Spanish Language or SP1L2 Intermediate Spanish Language or SP1L3 Advanced Spanish Language 1
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Catriona McAllister

Email: c.mcallister@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module examines the movement of people and ideas between the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America in the nineteenth century, alongside the growing influence of the US in shaping thought as the century proceeded. Through examining key historical and cultural texts (in Spanish or English as appropriate), and important moments such as the abolition of slavery, the module explores the geopolitical, cultural, social, political and economic factors that ultimately led to the independence of Central and South America, and to the demise of the Spanish and Portuguese Empire.

•To explore the evolution of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America in the nineteenth century, and to analyse the changing relationship between the two.
•To understand the complex factors that promoted independence in Latin America and the end of the Spanish and Portuguese Empires.
•To examine and analyse how these factors were discussed in the public sphere, and represented in a range of historical and cultural texts.
•To understand the ideas and discourses which formed the basis for Spain, Portugal and Latin America’s development in the twentieth century.

Assessable learning outcomes:
•The ability to analyse the historical evolution of Spain, Portugal and Latin America from a variety of perspectives
•The ability to analyse the production of ideas in a range of political, social and cultural practices
•The ability to develop a complex understanding of historical change
•The ability to work effectively in collaboration with other students, and sustain written and oral arguments coherently.
•the ability to synthesize information
•the ability to read and interpret critically
•independent research skills (library, electronic databases, internet materials)
•analytical skills based on working with primary and secondary sources

Additional outcomes:
Knowledge and skills gained from extra-curricular resources, such as guest speakers and cultural excursions.

Outline content:
Topics for study may include:

Independence: reluctant revolutions
The aftermath of independence
Modernisation: economic, social and political
Liberalism and positivism
The survival of slavery in Brazil and Cuba
The entry of the US
The late 19th century and the sense of Latin America

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures and seminars (in Spanish and English, where appropriate)

Group work

Use of office hours and additional individual meetings for guidance and feedback

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 5 5
Seminars 10 10
Tutorials 2
Guided independent study 84 84
Total hours by term 99.00 99.00 2.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 40
Report 10
Oral assessment and presentation 20
Class test administered by School 30

Other information on summative assessment:
Oral presentation: group presentation during Autumn Term (20% overall grade)
Report (book review): 500 words, to be submitted in Week 1 of Spring Term (10% overall grade)
Essay: 2500 words, to be submitted in Week 10 of Spring Term (40% overall grade)
Set exercise: 2 hours, at beginning of Summer Term (30% overall grade)

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

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    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission of coursework (in the event of failure in this module and in Part 2 as a whole) by 1.00 pm on the third Friday of August or, if the University is closed, the first working day thereafter.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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