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Spanish is one of the major languages of Western Europe, and the most widely spoken language of the Americas, with a substantial number of native and second language speakers, ranging from Metropolitan areas of Canada and the US through Mesoamerican countries, most of South America and even in the Philippines.

Spanish is a Romance language with approximately 470 million speakers. Some Romance languages acquired with relative ease are Portuguese, French, Italian, and even Romanian. A significant number of people also speak Spanish as a foreign language. Spanish is spoken in Spain and 22 other countries including: Andorra, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, the USA and Venezuela.

The Spanish-speaking world is home to many cultures: Iberian, Afro-Caribbean, and Amerind, as well as the cultural mixes resulting from five hundred years of American/European/African contacts.

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Study Locations: Hamilton; Online
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100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
INTLC101International Languages and Cultures18A (Hamilton)
A cultural perspectives paper with a thematic focus on China, France, Japan, Spain and Latin America
SPNSH131Spanish for Beginners 118A (Hamilton)
Complete beginners acquire basic competency in the language through practice in speaking, listening, reading and writing. The emphasis is on communication underpinned by knowledge of the grammatical system of the language.
SPNSH132Spanish for Beginners 218B (Hamilton)
The continuation of SPNSH131. This paper aims to build confidence in the language skills already acquired. Equal attention is given to each of the skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
INTLC222European and Latin American Cultures: Tradition and Modernity18B (Hamilton)
This paper explores aspects of European and Latin American cultures, history and society. This paper is taught in English and is open to all students, including those who have no prior knowledge of French and Spanish.
SPNSH231Intermediate Spanish 118A (Hamilton)
This intermediate language paper strengthens grammar skills and develops students’ ability of performing in the four classical skills (reading, listening, writing and speaking) in Spanish. Students can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar matters.
SPNSH232Intermediate Spanish 218B (Hamilton)
This intermediate language paper builds on SPNSH231. Students continue learning grammar skills and performing in the four classical skills (reading, listening, writing and speaking) in Spanish. Students communicate in tasks that require a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and cultural matters.

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
FASS396Work Placement18C (Block) & 18D (Block)
This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
INTL380Study Abroad 118C (Block)
This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
INTL381Study Abroad 218C (Block)
This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
INTL382Study Abroad 318C (Block)
This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
INTL390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
At the discretion of the relevant Programme Convenor, students undertake independent but guided research on a topic of the student's choice.
SPAN305Topics in Latin America18A (Hamilton)
Readings in Spanish American Literature.
SPAN310Spanish Advanced Language18A (Hamilton)
This is an advanced language paper designed to enhance oral and written proficiency in the language.
SPAN312Spanish in Context18B (Hamilton)
This paper follows a thematic and cultural approach and aims to provide students with a solid foundation on critical issues pertinent to Hispanic culture. Through a selection of cultural texts (identity, music, gender issues, e-texts, etc.), students gain a deeper understanding of Spanish and Latin American culture as well as compe...
SPAN321Translation Methodology and Practice18B (Hamilton)
This paper applies translation theory, methodology and ethics to a variety of contexts including journalism, web pages and subtitling.
SPAN380Study Abroad 118C (Block)
This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
SPAN381Study Abroad 218C (Block)
This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
SPAN382Study Abroad 318C (Block)
This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
SPAN390Directed Study18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper enables students to carry out an individual research project. Admission to this paper is at the discretion of the Convenor of Spanish.

Prescriptions for the GradCert(Span) and GradDip(Span)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Spanish at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

Graduate Study

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Spanish papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Spanish papers or all their undergraduate Spanish papers. Students are advised to consult with the Convenor of Spanish about their programme of study.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
SPAN501Varieties of Spanish18C (Hamilton) & 18C (Online)
This paper is designed to place students' practical knowledge of Spanish within a sociolinguistic framework. Students analyse different types of texts and listen to a variety of language registers and phonological modalities of Spanish. Students learn about Spanish in Spain, Spanish in the USA and Spanish in Latin America. The pape...
SPAN502Special Topic: Visual Poetry in the Hispanic World18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online), 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Online)
This paper gives a panoramic view of visual and intermedia poetry in the 20th and 21st Centuries.
SPAN590Directed Study18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
SPAN591Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
SPAN900Spanish PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

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Spanish is available as a pathway within the International Languages and Cultures major or supporting subject for the BA, as a specialisation (set out below), and as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

Spanish pathway within International Languages and Cultures major
International Languages and Cultures is available as a major for the BA. International Languages and Cultures may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled. For full details see International Languages and Cultures major.

Spanish language specialisation
Within the BA, BBA, BCS, BECom, BMS, BSocSc and BTour a Spanish Language specialisation is available, and within the BSc and BSc(Tech) a specialisation in Science International in Spanish is available. The focus of the specialisation is to provide students with the opportunity to develop language skills that might enhance their ability to compete in an increasingly global marketplace.

A specialisation in Spanish for the BA and BSocSc requires 60 points above 100 level in Spanish, which can be made up of SPAN231, SPAN232 and SPAN310.

The point of entry into the Spanish programme depends on previous experience. Those with no previous experience of Spanish take SPAN131 and SPAN132, followed by SPAN231 and SPAN232 in the second year. Students with some experience of Spanish (Year 11 or equivalent) will begin with SPAN132. Students with 14 credits at Level 3 in NCEA Spanish, or equivalent, will gain direct entry into SPAN231.


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Contacts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4932
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: span-fass@waikato.ac.nz
Graduate and Postgraduate Email Enquiries: span-grad@waikato.ac.nz