Module Identifier SP20510  
Module Title SPANISH AMERICA 1  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Roger S Mills  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 2 Spanish.  
Course delivery Lecture   12 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   4 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written Exam.  70%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: One essay (2000-2500 words)  30%

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will:

1) be able to describe the major trends of Mexican history from independence to the period after the Mexican Revolution;
2) be able to relate key literary texts to thier historical background;
3) be able to read and analyse literary texts with greater critical awareness
4) have had further training in

   a) oral presentations
   b) writing essays

Brief description

An introduction to Mexican society through a brief study of the Mexican Revolution, its origins and aftermath, followed by the detailed study of literary texts inspired by the revolution.

The year 1910 saw the outbreak of a major revolution in Mexico which was to plunge the country into nearly a decade of civil wars and to exercise an influence until the present day. The module offers a brief introduction to Mexican society through a study of the Mexican Revolution, its origins and aftermath. The remainder of the module is devoted to the so-called 'novel of the Mexican Revolution' and the study of individual texts inspired, in part at least, by the Revolution and its consequences.


Weeks 1-3 - Study of the Mexican Revolution
Weeks 4-7 - Azuela, Los de abajo
Weeks 8-12 - Rulfo, Pedro Paramo

Reading Lists

Azuela, Mariano Los de abajo Catedra
Rulfo, Juan Pedro Paramo Coleccion popular


This module is at CQFW Level 5