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BA Hons Spanish Studies and Geography

Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Lancaster Environment Centre
UCAS Code: LR74 Duration/Length: 4 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Not Defined Director of Studies: Dr AM Folkard
Total Credit Points: 390 Credit Points Year 2: 120
Credit Points Year 3: 30 Credit Points Year 4: 120

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • The Spanish and Geography Programme combines modules from two cognate disciplines to provide a broadly-based integrated programme of study focused on the analysis of economy, society, culture and language.



    Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills


    This programme aims:


    To contribute to students' knowledge, understanding and skills in their use of the Spanish language


    To build students' knowledge and understanding of linguistic structures of Spanish


    To develop students' awareness of aspects of the cultures, communities and societies where Spanish is used


    To develop students' awareness of the history of Spain and its relationship with the Spanish-speaking world


    To develop students' intercultural awareness and understanding.


    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills


    This degree scheme aims to provide students with a range of specific and transferable skills. The degree scheme provides students with the opportunity to acquire practical, social, cognitive and linguistic skills, as well as knowledge, interests and attitudes that will enable them to move into employment. These skills include:


    -  improving self-management (planning, motivation, initiative, self-reliance, adaptability and ability to work independently)


    - developing team working skills and the ability to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines


    - developing an appetite for learning (reflective, adaptive and collaborative)


    - improving interpersonal skills of listening, negotiating and presentation


    - Communicating effectively, both orally and in writing, in professional contexts


    - Learning to transfer linguistic and analytical skills to non-academic spheres of employment in the UK and abroad

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Although using modules available to all students in the two departments, this degree is distinctive in that it utilises a restricted range of relevant year two and year three courses, entails a year abroad acquiring language skills and requires students to undertake a project that is focused on an approved topic that integrates material from geography and Spanish.


    Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills


    On successful completion of this scheme of study students will be able to:


    Follow a serious debate or speech in Spanish in the spoken media and communicate the gist of it; construct sophisticated arguments without a script; express cogent opinions on their own society, that of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world, and global issues, and articulate arguments and/or analyses in Spanish


    Translate advanced passages of Spanish into an appropriate form


    Demonstrate sufficient awareness of aspects of the culture of Spanish-speaking cultures to be able to make connections between language, history, society and culture


    Demonstrate self awareness and sensitivity to diversity in people and cultures, and be more able to apply knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures in a professional context


    Reappraise their knowledge of British history and culture in light of experience of Spanish culture


    The learning outcomes of the year abroad in a Spanish-speaking country are that students will be able to:


    Demonstrate enhanced levels of proficiency in Spanish and their independence, self-awareness and capacity for decision making


    Depending on the nature of the placement(s), demonstrate the capacity for independent study and/or to acquire professional skills, including for many students the special responsibility of language teaching


    Demonstrate insight into cultural difference and knowledge of history, culture and outlook of Spanish-speaking countries



    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills


    On successful completion of this scheme of study, students will be able to:


    Demonstrate skills of planning and working independently


    Demonstrate team working skills, as well as the ability to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines


    Demonstrate interpersonal skills


    Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in a range of different contexts


    Transfer linguistic and critical/analytical skills to non-academic spheres of employment in the UK and abroad


    Handle unfamiliar situations


    Demonstrate effective I.T skills




    -           Synthesising and critically evaluating information from a variety of sources

    -           Interpreting textual, cartographic, and numerical data

    -           Assessing the merits of contrasting theories, explanations and policies in geography

    -         Analysing, problem-solving and decision making

    -         Developing a reasoned argument and intellectual integrity

    -         Planning, executing and reporting on fieldwork and geographical research in the human and physical realms, and an ability to use the technical skills needed for this

    -         Carrying out risk assessments and list appropriate safety precautions associated with practical or project work

    -         Appreciating the ethical issues in geographical debates, as a citizen and researcher

    -           Work independently or as part of a team

    -           Use relevant Information Technology

    -           Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills

    -           Design and prepare project proposals

    -           An ability to learn new, diverse and complex material

    -           Take responsibility for, and reflect on one's learning, at university and later in life

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