Course Title: Spanish Language and Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Spanish Language and Society

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2015


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr. Anamaria Ducasse

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 9769

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37, Level 5, Room 45

Course Coordinator Availability: Apppintment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

You should have satisfactorily completed  

Spanish 5 (LANG1207/1208) and/or Spanish 6 (LANG1209/1210), or equivalent with coordinator approval. 


Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. 


Course Description

This course is one of two cultural courses taught entirely in Spanish from a total of eight Spanish courses offered at RMIT University. 

The course will build on your existing knowledge of the Spanish language, social and cultural aspects through the study of selected Spanish media and/or literary texts by examining a range of topical issues highlighted in the type of media being studied. Through the analysis of a range of authentic materials (e.g., film, short films, documentary), you will be able to analyse the social and cultural contexts of from Spain, and Latin America. You will have the opportunity to broaden your interests and knowledge of contemporary Spanish and Latin American cultures and society. 

You will be encouraged to be responsible for your own learning and to build on your knowledge to a level where you can continue with further self-directed learning. The course will equip you with further knowledge for cross-cultural situations within the framework of language and associated non-verbal communication. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development



Course Learning Outcomes  

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  1. Analyse and critique the use of the Spanish language in a range of authentic literary and/or media materials, including films, radio programs and documentaries
  2. Communicate confidently and fluently in both oral and written Spanish on a wide range of topics from contemporary media
  3. Apply a wide range of language learning strategies you have acquired, and demonstrate independent learning
  4. Apply your knowledge of the cultural and social context of Spain and/or Latin American countries to your analysis of authentic media materials from a range of sources in Spanish
  5. If undertaking this course as a postgraduate student you will be required to demonstrate higher capacity for application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the relationships between culture and language, and cross-cultural communication. 

Overview of Learning Activities

A variety of structured in class exercises provide opportunities to develop your skills, with emphasis placed on communicative skill building, guided and natural conversations, and hypothetical situations. 

Multimedia teaching and learning resources, and readings relating to sociolinguistics and cross-cultural communication issues will be introduced and discussed. Various role-plays, exercises and games are employed to expose potential difficulties which may arise in cross-cultural communication. 

You will be expected to participate actively in many pair and group activities and to use only Spanish. Therefore, regular class attendance is important to support your learning. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.  

Weighting on the assessment tasks for postgraduate students will vary with an additional or expanded or expanded assessment task. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment 1 (30%) Two multimodal tasks - video & reading input with spoken and written response (CLO1, CLO2, CLO4)

Assessment 2 (30%) Group oral presentation (CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4)

Assessment 3 (10%) Engagement with feedback (CLO2, CLO3) 

Assessment 4 (30%) Reflective journaling (CLO1, CLO2, CLO4). 


Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.