Course Title: Spanish Language and Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Spanish Language and Society

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr. Anamaria Ducasse

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9769

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37, Level 5, Room 24

Course Coordinator Availability: Apppintment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

You should have satisfactorily completed Spanish 4 LANG1432/LANG1201, Spanish 5 LANG1433/LANG1208 and/or Spanish 6 LANG1434/LANG1210, or equivalent with coordinator approval.

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

For your information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage. 

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

This course will complement the RMIT capabilities you are developing in your program.

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Analyse, synthesize 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 debate 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 critical analysis of authentic media materials from a range of sources in Spanish. 

Overview of Learning Activities

A variety of structured in class exercises provide opportunities to develop your skills, with emphasis placed on spoken and written communicative skill building. Classes may include guest speakers. 

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. 

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectures, tutorials, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both. 

Overview of Learning Resources

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

There are services and resources 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 website.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

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

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: In class test Language, content and listening 15%, CLO1, CLO2 , CLO3 and CLO4  

Assessment Task 2: In class test Language, content and listening 15%, CLO1, CLO2 , CLO3 and CLO4  

Assessment Task 3: Presentation (written component 300-600 words) 30%, CLO4 and CLO5  

Assessment Task 4: Reflective Journaling 40% (1500 -1800 words over 10 weeks 30% + 10% engaging with feedback on drafts), 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. 

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