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Spanish (B.A.) (2 subjects/teaching profession)

The global language of Spanish is spoken by around 400 million people and is continually gaining significance in both a European and a global context. The Bachelor's degree programme in Spanish/Hispanic Studies offers comprehensive language-based training as well as a course of studies in the culture, literature and language of the hispanophone world. The programme is interdisciplinary and internationally connected and has a variety of foci to suit each student's interests. Subject-related content is tailored for use in the teaching professions as well as for the non-educational job market.

Programme name: Spanish
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (2 subjects/teaching profession)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters
Starting semester: Winter semester
Language requirements (certificate required): Knowledge of Spanish
Language of the programme: German

Admission to the summer semester 2018:

  • 1st subject semester: start of studies in the winter semester only
  • 2nd to 6th subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • International applicants (non-EU): start of studies in the winter semester only (application to International Student Office)

Subject description
The Bachelor Programme in Spanish aims to make graduates capable of independent scientific work. They should be able to differentiatingly and correctly apply linguistical means of expression in Spanish orally and in writing. They acquire extensive and sound knowledge of the spanish language, the literature as well as the economic, political, social, cultural and historical facts of the Spanish speaking countries and can describe and apply these with the help of scientific methods. Graduates should acquire fundamental knowledge of the acquisition and teaching of Spanish as a foreign language.
In all programmes, the Department of Romance Studies emphasizes that all students acquire key qualifications and competencies in communication, research and information processing as well as intercultural management.

The subject in Göttingen, subject areas, research foci
For many years already, Spanish has been the school subject with the highest growth rate in Lower Saxony schools.

In the German speaking region, Göttingen is one of the few universities at which Romance subjects can be studied in full breadth for a teaching profession as well as for a non-teaching profession.

Subject areas and research foci
The subject areas of the bachelor Spanish are language practice, ibero-romance literature, ibero-romance linguistics and ibero-romance country studies as well as Spanish specialised didactics.

Language practice
In the area of language practice, different modules give in-depth training in the four skills of hearing, reading, speaking and writing. These train and develop the oral and written reception and production competencies on the basis of the Common European Framework for Languages (from Level B1 up to Level C1 in a total of three modules). In the Advanced Module II, translation tenchiques are also conveyed and different aspects of german and spanish grammar are comparatively analysed. All language practice courses include country studies (history, culture, politics, etc.) of Spain as well as Latin America.

The learning objectives of linguistics lie in the scientific as well as in the obvious applied area. The courses convey knowledge of linguistic research in Spanish in the areas of structure and grammar, context, and history. The objective is to make the students capable of indpendant work with modern linguistical methods. The capability of independant analysis of language structures are conveyed with future occupational fields in mind. Aside from the basic connection to didactical questions, the communications sector (Internet, text optimization, intercultural communication) plays a large role.

In literature, students will become familiar with the literature and culutre of Latin America nad Spain beginning with the Middle Ages. An emphasis lies on the 19th - 21st centuries. A broad definition of literature also includes film. Certain epochs and works will be covered in-depth. Students also learn the methods of text analysis and different theories of literary studies. Research areas of ibero-romanc literary sicence are the spanish literature of the Middle Ages and the early modern ages, the novel of Cono Sur (Argentina, Chile) in the 19th - 21st centuries, intermediality (literature and music), interculturality and culture transfer as well as gender studies as relates to hispanistic gender studies.

Country studies
Country studies emphasizes the history of Spain and or spanisch America. Basic knowledge of history is deepened based on concrete examples. At the same time, students learn to critically assess historical research and occupy themselves with a basic topic of Spain's historiography and/or Spanish America. Finally, students acquire basic knowledge of business, politics, society and culture of modern day Spain (optionally Spanish America). The Department for Romance Studies and the Department for Middle Ages and Early Modern History cooperate closely.

Language requirements to be fulfilled during studies
Knowledge of Latin is required for the subject Spanish and can be verified by the small Latin language examination (Kleines Latinum).or by successfully completing a Latin basic language course in the optional section.

Programme structure
The programme is composed of modules in the areas of language practice, linguistics, literature and country studies as well as of a module in the area of specialised didactics. The modules are composed of individual courses, each worth a certain number of credits. These credits represent the work required in each course and are given independantly of the grade.

Subject combinations
Spanish can be combined with all subjects that are for a teaching profession.
Recommendations strongly depend upon the economically fluctuating hiring conditions of each German state.

Occupational fields
The main targeted working market of Spanish graduates is the school. This market will remain stabil in the forseeable future, with the usual double demographic fluctuations (teachers, pupils) with regard to the languages offered.