Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Mutually Exclusive
Eligibility for entry to Level 3 Spanish

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 1-hour lectures
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 1-hour seminars
Workload Breakdown Lecture and seminar attendance - 20 hours; lecture and seminar preparation (research and reading) - 100 hours; essay research and preparation - 45 hours; text commentary research and preparation - 35


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Continuous assessment: 1 x 1,500 to 2,000-word comparative textual commentary. (This is the assessment element which differentiates SP33120 from the Level 2 equivalent SP23120, since a comparative textual commentary is a substantially more demanding exercise. In addition, different essays will be set for Level 3 students.)  15%
Semester Assessment Seminar performance.  10%
Semester Assessment Continuous assessment: 1 x 2,000-word essay.  15%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   written examination.  60%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   written examination  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Have an improved knowledge and understanding of the literature and culture of the Spanish Renaissance and Golden Age;
2. Enter critical debates concerning the works considered in the course;
3. Have an awareness of the impact of the works in the development of Spanish literature;
4. Show familiarity with the key methods and critical tools employed by scholars to study late medieval and early modern literature;
5. Be acquainted with a variety of literary genres and have developed their interpretative skills accordingly;
6. Engage critically with a wide variety of scholarly material including monographs and specialised articles;
7. Present their findings in a logical, organised and scholarly fashion both orally - through debates and presentations - and in written form - through essays and text commentaries.
8. Compare texts and analyse the differences and parallels between them. (This is the learning outcome which differentiates SP33120 from the Level 2 equivalent SP23120.)


The module provides an overview of the literature of Renaissance and Golden Age Spain. It introduces students to the study of late medieval and early modern literature and the specific skills associated with it. It provides an understanding of these texts in their historical context and of their impact in the development of Spanish literature.

Brief description

This course studies three of the main texts of the Renaissance - Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea, also known as La Celestina - and the Golden Age - Novelas ejemplares and El burlador de Sevilla. The texts present some of the most famous characters in Spanish culture - Celestina and Don Juan - and are representative of developments in Spanish literature of the time.


The module is structured around the study of three texts:
1. Fernando de Rojas, La Celestina: Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea (La Celestina)
2. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Novelas ejemplares
3. Tirso de Molilna, El burlador de Sevilla
The texts will be considered in terms of their genre and literary and historical contexts.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Oral communication developed in seminars; written communication developed in assessments and exam.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be able to assess their own progress week by week through their increased understanding of the issues raised and the skills developed.
Information Technology Use of on-line journals; delivery of course materials and information via email and e-learning system.
Personal Development and Career planning Acquisition of transferable skills; in-depth acquaintance with literature as an academic subject.
Problem solving Selection of reading material; answering questions posed by written assessment; seminar work.
Research skills Preparation of written assessment; preparation for seminars.
Subject Specific Skills Acquisition of late medieval and early modern Spanish vocabulary.
Team work Debates and group presentations in seminars.


This module is at CQFW Level 6