Spanish Studies major

Studying Spanish is not simply about learning a language—it's an experience that will open your mind to different cultures. Spanish Studies helps you achieve a functional level of competency in listening, speaking, writing and reading the Spanish language from Spain. Learning the language also introduces you to the culture and intellectual accomplishments of Spanish-speaking people in Spain itself and the many Spanish-speaking countries around the world. This major is offered to beginners. During the course you will also study past and present Spanish literature, films and popular culture, providing you with a holistic and stimulating cultural and educational experience.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) show competence in the Spanish language in the four macroskills of language acquisition—reading, writing, listening and speaking—rated according to the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR); (2) interact confidently and successfully in situations involving Spanish cultural conventions; (3) interpret Spanish language texts—written, audio, visual—in the light of Spanish cultures and societies; and (4) shift with accuracy and skill between the English and Spanish languages and cultures.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Spanish Studies can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

Spanish Studies is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 SPAN1401 Spanish Studies 1
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2, SS SPAN1402 Spanish Studies 2
Prerequisites:
SPAN1401 Spanish Studies 1
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 SPAN2403 Spanish Studies 3
Prerequisites:
SPAN1402 Spanish Studies 2
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 SPAN2404 Spanish Studies 4
Prerequisites:
SPAN2403 Spanish Studies 3
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 SPAN2812 Tradition vs Modernity: Understanding Spain Today
Prerequisites:
SPAN1402 Spanish Studies 2
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 SPAN3405 Spanish Studies 5
Prerequisites:
SPAN2404 Spanish Studies 4
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2 SPAN3406 Spanish Studies 6
Prerequisites:
SPAN3405 Spanish Studies 5
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
NIL.
S1 SPAN3813 Literature in Spanish
Prerequisites:
SPAN2404 Spanish Studies 4
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.

Choosing your degree-specific major

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Spanish Studies degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-SPNHB

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not require you to choose a degree-specific major.

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. and Bachelor of Science courses, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Spanish Studies degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-SPNHB-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .