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SPAN3016 ML Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Independent Study Module (online)

Module Overview

This module involves an in-depth study of a particular area in the History, Culture or Linguistics of Spain, Portugal or Latin America drawing from the resources available for the following final year modules which are delivered in Southampton. -PORT 3001- Cultural Identity in the Portuguese-Speaking World -SPAN 3011 - Exiles Migrants and Citizens -SPAN 3013 - Transatlantic Crossings: Linguistic Variation in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America -SPAN 3004 - Barrios and Borders -SPAN 3007 - Cultural Hybridity in Latin America: the Global and the Local - SPAN 3014- Postcolonial perspectives on contemporary Spanish culture - SPAN 3001- Historical memory in Modern Latin America - SPAN 3012 - Sex, Soap Operas and Female Dissidents Subject areas are chosen in collaboration with the module coordinators of the relevant SPAN PORT modules and the MLang Coordinator. The focus of the study is negotiated between the student and the SPAN/PORT module coordinator and recorded on the student’s module selection form by the end of week 3. This module provides students on MLang SPLAS programmes with a highly supervised “bite” of research on a topic of their choosing within the scope of the available SPAN/PORT modules and with access to the full of resources which are available to students studying those modules face to face.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the topic you have selected in a particular area in the History, Culture or Linguistics of Spain, Portugal or Latin America;
  • relevant theoretical approaches applicable to your chosen area of study.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • engage with critical debate through a sustained argument over an extended piece of work;
  • analyse/synthesise secondary, as well as primary sources;
  • evaluate and critically assess previous work on the chosen subject,
  • where applicable, make connections between different critical methodologies and use interdisciplinary modes of approaching the subject;
  • demonstrate originality of thought and approach which moves beyond a simple synthesis of secondary materials.


This module involves the supervision of students in individual online sessions leading towards the formal submission of the piece of independent study at the end of the second semester. You will have a bank of 6 hours of supervision time the use of which you will negotiate with the module coordinator. It is anticipated that the time will be shared between email contact and skype sessions and the precise nature of those sessions should be established in consultation with the module coordinator. It is suggested that the first 3 hours should be used in conjunction with the prescribed readings in order to establish that you have a clear understanding of the central themes and the main views and arguments which are relevant for your independent study. The second set of 3 hours can be used for close supervision of the proposed area of study.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include -online support from the module coordinator -on line group discussion (where student numbers permit) Learning activities include -individual research -use of local resources -completion of the independent study assignment

Project supervision6
Completion of assessment task44
Follow-up work50
Preparation for scheduled sessions50
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Blackboard. Relevant resources will vary according to your precise area of study and selected resources from the SPAN and PORT face to face modules will be made available through Blackboard or as e-texts through the Hartley library.



MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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