The Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies is active in all fields of Penninsular language, literature and cultural history from the earliest times to the present day. Our particular strengths are in medieval and early modern studies, modern literature and culture (both Peninsular and Latin-American), and the modern Spanish language.
Common to all our programmes, which are normally four years, are the compulsory language modules taken each year. These concentrate on different language skills from oral presentation to comprehension, translation and editing. Optional modules cover linguistic subjects, historical and cultural themes and literary studies.
The third year will normally be spent abroad.
ABOUT THE Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
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Our department is active in all fields of Hispanic and Lusophone language, literature and cultural history from the earliest times to the present day. Our particular strengths are in medieval and early modern studies, modern literature, history and culture, and the modern Spanish and Portuguese languages. You will be studying with staff who are experts in their fields and whose advanced research is reflected in the optional modules available. Some of our lecturing staff also teach across disciplines in the History, European Studies and Comparative Literature programmes.
STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
Our programmes offer students a flexible yet coherent structure within which to explore the richness of the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds. Each year, you will follow a core language module and take options in literature, culture and history, covering a wide range of historical periods. Our programmes enable you to build incrementally upon your knowledge and develop areas of individual interest which form the basis of your final-year modules (which include a dissertation option). Progression from year to year depends upon passing the required number of credits and the compulsory language module.
We are located in the heart of London, within easy access to a wide range of institutes and centres (eg the Instituto Cervantes, Camoes Institute) that promote Hispanic and Lusophone culture including theatre, music, and art. The Maughan Library contains an extensive collection of material on the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds, including several in the Rare Books collection. Within London there are other important complementary collections in the libraries and research institutes of the University of London and the British Library.
The year abroad is an obligatory part of our programmes, with a wide range of options to study (eg under the Socrates-Erasmus programme) or, through the British Council English Language Assistant programme, to teach in a variety of institutions in Spain, Portugal and Latin America.