Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) Italian and Spanish (with a study abroad year)

Entry for 2017

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course Aims

This is a four-year degree programme in single honours Modern Languages, Italian and Spanish, with two modes of entry: either, both languages are taken post-A. Level (i.e. from the starting point of a good pass at Advanced Level or equivalent); or, one is taken post-A. Level whilst the other is taken ab initio. In either case, students will spend equal time on both languages (which are equally weighted for assessment purposes), and reach a comparably high level of practical skill in both. In addition to facilitating degree-level competence in the target languages, this programme will stimulate and develop critical appreciation of predominantly modern and contemporary social and cultural aspects of Italy and Spain, largely in their European context.

Language classes provide the opportunity to acquire oral and written fluency, advanced comprehension skills, extensive vocabulary, and appropriate grammatical accuracy in the target languages. In the second year there is particular emphasis upon summarising, synthesising and handling authentic texts which, alongside study of the culture, society and politics of the relevant countries, will prepare students for their year abroad. In the final year students have scope to pursue individual interests, whilst also acquiring some competence in the important professional skills of translation and interpreting.

Courses on European history and culture in the twentieth century provide insights into the events and movements that have shaped the modern Western mindset. Concurrently, courses on cultural diversity and language-specific identity will prompt reflection upon some of the causes of conflict, or harmony, in the contemporary world. In the final year, significant cultural shifts are studied through major movements and themes in literature, theatre and film. In each year, the first part of these courses is taught and assessed in English, while the second part is taught and assessed in the target language, thereby ensuring positive reinforcement of the student's language learning.

In short, this single honours programme in Modern Languages aims to graduate well-rounded linguists who (i) command a level of skill in two Romance languages that is both practically and professionally applicable in the world of work, (ii) are well educated in respect of the relevant modern societies and their cultures, (iii) have honed their critical faculties to a high degree of intellectual acumen, and (iv) have developed exceptional intercultural awareness and interpersonal skills.

Course learning outcomes

In terms of use of the target language (QAA Benchmarks 7.11 and 7.16), the successful student will achieve at least level C1 (Effective Operational Proficiency) in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment, in both target languages.

S/he will be able to communicate effectively in speech, and with a good level of accuracy, in the target languages with competent speakers of those languages.

S/he will be able to communicate effectively in writing, and with a good level of accuracy, in the target languages with competent readers of those languages.

S/he will be able to mediate effectively in speech, almost instantaneously and with a satisfactory level of accuracy, between speakers of English and speakers of the target languages.

S/he will be able to mediate effectively in writing, under time constraint and with a satisfactory level of accuracy, between readers of English and readers of the target languages.

In terms of explicit knowledge of language (QAA Benchmarks 7.13 and 7.18), the successful student will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the syntax and lexis of the target language(s), and of their appropriate registers, notably in the production of written exercises and translations.

In terms of knowledge of thematic studies (QAA Benchmarks 7.14 and 7.19), the successful student will demonstrate sound knowledge and critical understanding of the modern and contemporary cultures and societies of the target languages, gained through the study of written texts and other cultural products in the target languages.

S/he will be able to evaluate critically selected aspects of the literature, culture, history, politics, or society of the countries of the target languages.

In terms of intercultural awareness, understanding and competence (QAA Benchmarks 7.12 and 7.17), the successful student will be able to demonstrate awareness and critical appreciation of one or more cultures and societies, other than their own.

In terms of generic skills (QAA Benchmarks 7.15 and 7.20), the successful student will be able to gather, process and critically evaluate information from a variety of paper, audio-visual and electronic sources.

S/he will be able to analyse rationally a variety of social, cultural and intellectual questions and communicate that analysis clearly and coherently.

12. S/he will be able to work as a self-reliant and self-aware autonomous learner.

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterOptionCultural Encounters (Q1065)154
  Europe 1900-45 (Q1054)154
  Italian 1A (R3042)154
  Italian Intensive A (R3040)304
  Language, Identity and Nation (R9028)155
  Spanish 1A (R4007)154
  Spanish Intensive A (R4006)304
 Spring SemesterOptionItalian 1B (R3043)154
  Italian Intensive B (R3041)304
  Italy 1900-45 (Q1060)154
  Spain and Latin America 1900-45 (Q1061)154
  Spanish 1B (R4008)154
  Spanish Intensive B (R4005)304
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterOptionEurope 1945-date (R9011)155
  Italian 2A (R3049)155
  Italian Post-Intensive A (R1079)155
  Language, Identity and Nation (R9028)155
  Spanish 2A (R4017)155
  Spanish Post-Intensive A (R1083)155
 Spring SemesterOptionItalian 2B (R3054)155
  Italian Post-Intensive B (R3053)155
  Spanish 2B (R4021)155
  Spanish Post-Intensive B (R4020)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn & Spring TeachingCoreEurope Mandatory Year Abroad - Modern Languages (YRABROAD3)1205
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
4Autumn SemesterCoreComparative European Cinema (R9032)156
  CoreItalian 3A (R3055)156
  CoreSpanish 3A (R4026)156
  OptionGenres in European Literature (R9033)156
  Modern Languages Project in Italian (R9037)156
  Modern Languages Project in Spanish (R9038)156
 Spring SemesterCoreItalian 3B (R3057)156
  CoreItalian Special Subject (R3056)156
  CoreSpanish 3B (R4030)156
  OptionSpanish Special Subject 1 (R4027)156
  Spanish Special Subject 2 (R4028)156

Course convenors

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Yolanda Cerda
Deputy Director Modern Languages

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Jeremy Page
T: +44 (0)1273 877433

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