Ideology in the Hispanic World (MLS1067)

StaffDr Fernando Concha -
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level4
Pre-requisitesA-level Spanish or equivalent
Co-requisitesMLS1001, MLS1068 and MLS1066
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module introduces ideology as an overarching concept and explores specific ideologies related to colonialism nation, race, and neoliberalism in the context of the Hispanic world. The module will encourage critical thinking and provide a strong base for understanding topics studied in later components of the Hispanic Studies pathway. It will encourage independent and collaborative specialised study of selected topics and texts, developing valuable transferable skills in historical/cultural contextualisation, textual analysis, oral discussion and team work. 

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate an understanding of key examples of ideology in the Hispanic world.
  • 2. Analyse selected sources in Spanish, relating them to specified aspects of their historical, cultural and social contexts

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Describe and evaluate, under guidance from the module tutor, key critical responses to topics/texts and apply standard critical approaches to the historical and cultural material covered.
  • 4. Mount an argument in sound written English using basic textual or other evidence.
  • 5. Use a reading list and other sources to identify critical material in Spanish and English relevant to a given aspect of the subjects covered, and report critical findings orally or in writing where appropriate.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. Present cogent arguments orally or in writing where appropriate, in English, on a specified topic and following guidelines provided.

Syllabus plan

In the introductory lecture, we will think about what ideology means and ways in which it has shaped the Hispanic world. In subsequent weeks, we will focus on the definitions of nationalism, colonialism, race ideologies, and neoliberalism, as well as the connections between them. Through the study of political speeches, essays, letters, films and othersources, we will examine the effects of these sets of ideas in the past and today, with case studies from across Latin America. Extracts from a range of texts and films will be provided in Spanish.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching6Lectures - Provides framework for independent study and assessment
Scheduled Learning and Teaching10Seminars - Includes time for group discussion and interactive materials and assessed presentations.
Scheduled Learning and Teaching2Film screening
Guided Independent Study132Preparation for the sessions through reading and research.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay plan500 words1-6Individual written feedback
Group activities including annotated bibliographies and presentations of sources N/A1-6Group feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay1002000 words1-6Written feedback on standardised feedback form

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssay1-6Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Selected background reading:

  • Aguilar Rivera, José Antonio. ‘Latin American Political Ideologies’. In: Michael Freeden and Marc Stears (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).
  • Appelbaum, Nancy P., Anne S. Macpherson, and Karin Alejandra Rosemblat (eds). Race and Nation in Modern Latin America. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003).
  • Eagleton, Terry. Ideology: An Introduction (London: Verso, 2007)
  • Freedan, Michael. Ideology: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003)
  • Green, Duncan, with Sue Branford. Faces of Latin America. (New York: NYU Press, 2013)

A full bibliography of recommended reading will be provided at the start of the module

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Key words search

Nationalism, race, colonialism, neoliberalism, Spain, Latin America