In the Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies we are engaged in all fields of peninsular language, literature and cultural history, from the earliest times to the present day. Beginning with our first- year required module, Global Iberias, you will explore an unrivalled range of topics covering literature, history, film, music and visual arts from the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds. In the following years, you will choose from a wide variety of options and, in your final year, you may take a research topic to replace one or two of your modules. The core language modules help students to refine and deepen the language skills essential to all fields of study, and enable you to graduate with near native fluency.
In each year of this course, two of your modules will focus on Film Studies – at present there is no formal Film Studies component in the year abroad. You will agree the remaining modules with the Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies. Our Department of Film Studies will give you the tools to analyse film as part of a wider society, and the skills to pursue a career in the media arts or a related field.
Your year abroad will deepen your knowledge and understanding of Spanish. We have exchanges with a number of Spanish partner universities around the world. Alternatively, you may choose to undertake an internship or work placement.
Our programmes are taught by world-class lecturers in a friendly and well-resourced environment. Through lectures, interactive seminars and individual tutorials we will help you to become an independent, lifelong learner who contributes to the quality of your own education.
You will be studying with leading academics who are experts across a wide variety of fields. As you progress, you will be able to pursue your particular interests and gain exposure to disciplines such as History, Political Science, Comparative Literature, Popular Music, Gender and Cultural studies, as well as Film and Visual Arts.
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. In the first year, you will take a core language module and a core culture module, ‘Global Iberias’. Depending on your programme, you will choose additional optional modules. In subsequent years, you will take a core language module, and choose from a variety of electives. In your final year, you may take a research topic to replace one or two of your modules.
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 and enriching part of our programmes, with a wide range of options to study through the British Council English Language Assistant programme, to teach in a variety of institutions in Spain and Latin America.