Spanish (2020)

The Spanish programme offers language acquisition papers, Spanish translation, Spanish and Latin American culture and literature, and Spanish for business and tourism papers. Papers beyond SPNSH131 are generally taught in Spanish.

Spanish is available as a specialisation within the International Languages and Cultures major. Details of the requirements for the Spanish language specialisation can be found under International Languages and Cultures.

Spanish may also be taken as a minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

The point of entry into the Spanish programme depends on previous experience. Those with no previous experience of Spanish take SPNSH131 and SPNSH132, followed by SPNSH231 in the second year. Students with some experience of Spanish (Year 11 or equivalent) will begin with SPNSH132. Students with 14 credits at Level 3 in NCEA Spanish, or equivalent, will gain direct entry into SPNSH231.

Note: Students interested in studying Spanish can do so through the International Languages and Cultures major. Normally, candidates must gain at least 60 points at 100 level in any subject(s) before enrolling in Spanish papers above 100 level, and at least 90 points at 100 and 200 level before enrolling in Spanish papers above 200 level.

Students are encouraged to contact the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences Office for programme advice.


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  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(Span) and GradDip(Span)

    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Spanish at an advanced level in their first degree.

    For further details, contact the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences Office.

  • Graduate Study

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Spanish papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Spanish papers or all their undergraduate Spanish papers. Students are advised to consult with the Convenor of Spanish about their programme of study.

  • Prescriptions for the PhD

    The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    INTLC101International Languages and Cultures15.020B (Hamilton) & 20G (Online)
    This paper introduces students to major world cultures and their languages in a comparative context. Students will gain a critical understanding of culture and diversity through examining the languages and cultures of China, France, Japan, Spain and Latin America.
    SPNSH131Spanish for Beginners 115.020A (Hamilton) & 20G (Hamilton)
    The first of two papers that offer an introduction to Spanish language for beginners. Emphasis is given to communication underpinned by knowledge of the grammatical system of the language. This course aims to provide students with proficiency in both written and spoken Spanish and it takes students towards level A1 of the Common Eu...
    SPNSH132Spanish for Beginners 215.020B (Hamilton)
    The continuation of SPNSH131. This paper aims to build confidence in the language skills already acquired. Equal attention is given to each of the skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. This course aims to improve students' proficiency in both written and spoken Spanish and takes students to level A2 of the Common Europe...
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    INTLC222European and Latin American Cultures15.020A (Hamilton), 20A (Online), 20P (Hamilton) & 20P (Online)
    This paper explores aspects of European and Latin American cultures, history and society. This paper is taught in English and is open to all students, including those who have no prior knowledge of French and Spanish.
    SPNSH200Spanish for Business and Tourism 115.020A (Hamilton) & 20A (Online)
    In this intermediate paper, students will acquire knowledge of Spanish in a practical and professional context related to business and tourism. Additionally, students will acquire geographic literacy and cultural understanding of the Spanish-speaking world and basic linguistic competence in Spanish.
    SPNSH201Spanish for Business and Tourism 215.020B (Hamilton), 20B (Online), 20G (Hamilton) & 20G (Online)
    Continuing from Spanish for Business and Tourism I, students will develop further skills in geographic literacy and cultural understanding of the Spanish-speaking world as well as linguistic competence in Spanish. This will provide a solid foundation in the vocabulary and discourse used in Spanish when dealing with different types ...
    SPNSH231Intermediate Spanish 115.020A (Hamilton) & 20A (Online)
    This intermediate language acquisition paper enables students to gain competence in grammar and conversation as well as in Spanish and Latin American cultures and conversation. This course aims to improve students' proficiency in both written and spoken Spanish and it takes students to level B1 of the Common European Framework of R...
    SPNSH232Intermediate Spanish 215.020B (Hamilton) & 20B (Online)
    This paper is a continuation of SPNSH231. Students further develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and understanding Spanish. There is a focus on practical work, as well as written and spoken Spanish. This course aims to improve students' proficiency in both written and spoken Spanish and takes students to level B2 of the Comm...
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    INTLC380Study Abroad 115.020X (Block)
    This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
    INTLC390Directed Study15.020A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20D (Hamilton)
    At the discretion of the relevant Programme Convenor, students undertake independent but guided research on a topic of the student's choice
    SPNSH300Spanish Internship15.020B (Hamilton), 20C (Online) & 20S (Hamilton)
    This internship enables students to either credit professional practice such as work experience -here or abroad- (i.e. language assistants in Spain or Latin America) or complete tasks related to an independent or collaborative research project.
    SPNSH305Understanding Latin American Regional Cultures15.020A (Hamilton)
    This course, conducted in English, aims at providing students with insight into influential aspects that shape Latin American multicultural's landscape. This paper encourages students to rethink Latin American geopolitical, cultural, and historical realities.
    SPNSH310Advanced Spanish Language15.020A (Hamilton)
    This is an advanced language paper designed to enhance oral, aural and written proficiency in the language. The course aims to improve students' proficiency in both written and spoken Spanish. One aspect of the paper's multidisciplinary learning context, is that students will engage in a variety of exercises such as listening to au...
    SPNSH312Cultures of Spain15.020B (Hamilton)
    This paper, conducted in English, offers both a historical and a contemporary approach to regional and national identity construction in Spain. The paper aims to provide students with a solid foundation on Spanish, Galician, Catalan, Basque and other regional cultures. Through a selection of cultural readings, students will gain a ...
    SPNSH321Spanish-English Translation Methodology and Practice15.020B (Hamilton)
    This paper applies translation theory through a variety of texts and contexts such as journalism,literature, humour, film, and subtitling.
    SPNSH380Study Abroad 115.020X (Block)
    This paper enables students to take study abroad in Spain or in any other Hispanic country.
    SPNSH381Study Abroad 215.020X (Block)
    This paper enables students to take study abroad in Spain or in any other Hispanic country
    SPNSH390Directed Study15.020A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20S (Hamilton)
    This paper will enable students to undertake supervised individual study in the summer as part of their undergraduate degree.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    SPNSH501Varieties of Spanish30.020A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
    This paper is designed to place students' practical knowledge of Spanish within a sociolinguistic framework. Students analyse texts and listen to a variety of language registers and phonological modalities of Spanish. Students learn about Spanish in Spain, the USA and Latin America. This course offers an introduction of the history...
    SPNSH502Special Topic: Regional and National Identities30.020A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
    This paper gives an in-depth perspective on national and regional languages, literatures and cultures of Spain.
    SPNSH590Directed Study30.020A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of research related to Hispanic Studies (Spanish language, Spanish and/or Latin American literatures and cultures, regional literatures, etc) or of their own interest.
    SPNSH591Dissertation30.020X (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    SPAN900Spanish PhD Thesis120.020X (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 26 November 2020 8:48am

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