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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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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.

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.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
INTLC101International Languages and Cultures19A (Hamilton)
A cultural perspectives paper with a thematic focus on China, France, Japan, Spain and Latin America
SPNSH131Spanish for Beginners 119A (Hamilton)
The first of two papers which offers an introduction to Spanish language for real beginners. The emphasis is on communication underpinned by knowledge of the grammatical system of the language.
SPNSH132Spanish for Beginners 219B (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 Modernity19B (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 119A (Hamilton)
This intermediate language acquisition paper enables students to gain competence in grammar, culture and conversation.
SPNSH232Intermediate Spanish 219B (Hamilton)
This paper is a continuation of SPNSH231. Students further develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and understanding Spanish.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
INTLC380Study Abroad 119C (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.
INTLC381Study Abroad 219C (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.
INTLC382Study Abroad 319C (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.
INTLC390Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
At the discretion of the relevant Programme Convenor, students undertake independent but guided research on a topic of the student's choice
SPNSH305Topics in Latin America19A (Hamilton)
This paper conducted in Spanish serves as an introduction to Latin American culture and literature. It considers a wide range of Latin American literary texts and epochs. It is intended to give students a comprehensive knowledge of constructed narratives within the literary canon and major forms of artistic expression.
SPNSH310Advanced Spanish Language19A (Hamilton)
This is an advanced language paper designed to enhance oral, aural and written proficiency in the language.
SPNSH312Spanish in Context19B (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...
SPNSH321Translation Methodology and Practice19B (Hamilton)
This paper applies translation theory, methodology and ethics to a variety of texts and contexts including the world of journalism,literature, humour, film, subtitling and short texts (e-based texts).
SPNSH380Study Abroad 119C (Block)
This paper enables students to take study abroad in Spain or in any other Hispanic country.
SPNSH381Study Abroad 219C (Block)
This paper enables studens to take study abroad in Spain or in any other Hispanic country
SPNSH390Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19S (Hamilton)
This paper will enable students to undertake supervised individual study in the summer as part of their undergraduate degree.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
SPNSH501Varieties of Spanish19C (Hamilton) & 19S (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...
SPNSH502Special Topic: Spanish Visual Literatures and Cultures19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Online)
This paper gives an in-depth perspective on national and regional languages, literatures and cultures of Spain.
SPNSH590Directed Study19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of research related to Hispanic Studies (Spanish language, Spanish and/or Latin American literatures and cultures, regional literatures, etc) or of their own interest.
SPNSH591Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
SPAN900Spanish PhD Thesis19C (Hamilton)
No description available.

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European Languages Programme


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