Faculty of Arts


Iberian and Latin American Civilisations


This multimedia course explores the unity-in-diversity of Iberian cultures in Old and New Worlds. It examines Iberian identity in terms of common languages and cultural heritages, as well as cross-cultural relations between Spain, Portugal and the Americas since 1492 (with reference to pre-encounter formations). Discussions cover: ethnic varieties, national formations, religious traditions, political regimes, social institutions, economic crises, artistic and literary highlights. Key issues include Iberian multiculturalism (convivencia and mestizaje) and evolution of cultural symbols (from archetypes to stereotypes).

Multimedia lectures (maps, slides, video, music) are supplemented by print, audiovisual and electronic resources in the library. The electronic coursebooks include essential references. Students must view Carlos Fuentes’ video series, The Buried Mirror, in the Audio Visual Library, read selected critical references in the course book for tutorial discussions and pursue research projects in the Library for assignments. Highly recommended for Spanish and Latin American Studies majors/minors but open to all students, with lectures, videos and readings in English.

Availability 2012

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Roberto Gonzalez-Casanovas


Electronic reading packets will be provided

Recommended Reading

Extensive list of library references is included in course programme


Coursework only


SPANISH 103: 15.0 points

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