Spanish C1 - Hispanic History and Culture

Module SZ1206

This Module is offered by Language Center.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2012/3

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

available module versions
SS 2013WS 2012/3

Basic Information

SZ1206 is a module in language at which is offered irregularly.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of language courses as soft-skill courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
90 h  h 3 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


In this module, students will be introduced to the history and culture of Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America and Spain. Cultural topics covered in the course will be chosen by students in the first class. Potential topics might include the Spanish Civil War and Picasso's Guernica; Chile under the dictatorship of Pinochet and the works of Isabel Allende; or the economic crisis in Argentina (Film: El hijo de la novia). Students must prepare a lecture on one of these topics or a similar topic.

Learning Outcome

The module is aimed at level "C1 Proficient Language Use" of the CEFR. Students acquire knowledge of Spanish as a foreign language with a focus on intercultural, cultural and academic aspects. Following completion of this course, students can communicate both orally and in writing at a very high level in a wide variety of situations. They are capable of using the foreign language effectively and flexibly in study abroad as well as on the job. They can understand a broad range of longer, demandig texts and recognizing the implicit arguments. They can spontaneously and fluently express themselves without having to frequently and obviously search for expressions. They can produce clear, well-structured and detailed texts on complex topics appropriately employing organizational devices and connectors.


Sound knowledge of level B2; placement test result C1

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Learning and Teaching Methods

Together with the lecturer, the students will develop topics in class, present them as lectures and then discuss them in a forum. Work will be done predominantly with partners and/or in groups.


Textbooks, online resources, news articles, audio recordings, videos, blogs.


A. Ribas Casasayas, Descubrir España y Latinoamérica, Langenscheidt/Cideb, Génova, 2005. | M. Varela Navarro, España: su historia explicada, Schmetterling Verlag, Stuttgart, 2007. | S. Quesada Marco, España, manual de civilización, Edelsa, Madrid, 2006. | S. Quesada Marco, Historia del arte de España e Hispanoamérica, Edelsa, Madrid, 2005. | R. Barros, A.M. González, M. Freire, Curso de literatura para ELE, Edelsa, Madrid, 2009. | V.V.A.A., Clase de Cine, ed. Difusión, Barcelona, 2009.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Written test (60 minutes, no learning aids allowed); active class participation; required homework

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