BA Hispanic Studies and History
You will begin a structured course in Spanish to take you from A level to degree level, and also begin the study of Portuguese. You are introduced to aspects of modern Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American literature, culture and history. The History core is Learning History, a skill and methodology based module to help reflection on the nature of history as a discipline and develop skills required for the writing and debating of history.
You will develop your knowledge of both Spanish and Portuguese to prepare you for the year abroad and deepen and widen your knowledge of more specialist aspects of modern Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American literature, culture and history. The History core module is Exploring Historiography, intended to develop independence of mind and critical abilities, which involves planning, researching and writing a 5,000-word analysis of the historiography of a topic of your choice.
Usually spent in Spain or Spanish America (normally in two countries), or, if you choose to pursue Portuguese, one semester in a Spanish-speaking country and one semester in Portugal or Brazil, either studying in a higher education institution, working as an assistant in a school or on a work placement.
In Hispanic Studies, you will build on your language acquisition in year three to develop your language skills to degree level, and will select specialist options study from a range of topics. In History, you will select a Special Subject and one optional module.