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The objective of the Spanish programme is to bring participants to a high level of proficiency in the language as well as to provide them with a sound knowledge of the society and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. The Spanish programme is offered both as a major and a minor.

In order to declare a major in Spanish, applicants must initially complete two introductory courses i.e. SPAN1001. Spanish I.1 and SPAN1002. Spanish I.2 (12 credits in all) and achieve at least a grade C in SPAN1002.  In their second, third and fourth years of study, students pursuing a major in Spanish must take a total of 54 credits of Spanish courses which should normally be distributed as follows: 

- 18-24 credits from courses at level 2XXX, of which 12 credits must be from the core language courses, i.e. SPAN2001. Spanish II.1 and SPAN2002. Spanish II.2

- 30-36 credits from courses at level 3XXX or 4XXX, of which 12 credits must be from the core language courses, i.e. SPAN3001. Spanish III.1 and SPAN3002. Spanish III.2 and 6 credits from SPAN4003, SPAN4004 or SPAN4005, three ‘capstone’ courses designed to allow students to advance their analytical thinking by permitting the application of disciplinary knowledge and principles learned in the first, second and third years.

Finally, students will be strongly encouraged to participate in a 3 to 4 week linguistic stay in Spain or a Spanish-speaking country during the summer either between their second and third year or their third and fourth year of study.  Upon their return to HKU they can apply for SPAN3119. Overseas immersion language course - Spanish.

BA Syllabus (2020-2021)

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the major, students should be able to:

• Discuss and analyse critically major aspects of the language, culture and society of the Spanish-speaking world
• Understand current issues in the Spanish-speaking world and critically appraise common received ideas in order to develop and articulate their own perspectives in a creative way
• Demonstrate the ability to question their perception of the Spanish-speaking world
• Demonstrate an appreciation of the social, cultural, and aesthetic diversity of the Spanish-speaking world
• Critically analyse the similarities and differences between their own culture and that of the Spanish-speaking world
• Understand and express ideas in Spanish at concrete and abstract levels both in written and oral form as well as through other media
• Play a leadership role in mediating and facilitating interactions with the Spanish-speaking world
• Demonstrate an understanding of the transformations of Spanish-speaking societies across time



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