Course Title: Spanish Language in Context

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Spanish Language in Context

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2017


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr. Glenda Mejia

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99253732

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.15

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Spanish 5 or equivalent with coordinator approval.

It is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite before enrolling in a course. For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at:;ID=twx09y07zi1c

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 culture aspects through the study of selected Spanish media and/or literary texts by examining a range of topics 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 Spain, and Latin America.

In addition to linguistic skills, the course will also explore and invite you to critically reflect on intersectional diversities (racial, gender, linguistic, and cultural, etc.) that characterise the Spanish-speaking world today. 

This 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


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 texts, 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.

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 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 cross-cultural communication topics will be introduced and discussed.

You will be expected to participate actively in many pair and group activities using 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.

No textbook is required for this course. Some material will be provided through Canvas and in the classroom.

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 (50%)
Critical short evaluations of films or documentaries (10% each) (CLO1, CLO2, CLO4 and CLO5).  

Assessment 2 (10%)

Reflective Written Task (CLO 1, CLA 2, CLO3, CLO4 and CLO5). 

Assessment 3 (20%)
Oral Group/Individual presentation (CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4 and CLO5)

Assessment 4 (20%)
Written/Reading Analysis (CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4 and CLO5). 

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.