SPA2501 - Culture and history in the Spanish-speaking countries in the 20th and 21st centuries


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Term paper and oral examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 1/3 20 minutes E
Term paper 2/3

Course content

The course explores history and society in the Spanish-speaking world. A specific theme will be chosen for each semester.

Learning outcome


The candidate:

  • has advanced knowledge about a specific topic within the area of Spanish-speaking culture, history and society.
  • has knowledge of the subject area's history, traditions, distinctive character and place in society


The candidate:

  • can communicate the acquired knowledge in Spanish, both in written assignments, in conversations and oral presentations
  • can make use of expert knowledge in future jobs and further studies
  • has obtained enough knowledge in the chosen topic to communicate with specialists in this academic field
  • can apply knowledge to new areas within the academic field and stay informed


The candidate:

  • is expected to have gained insight into source criticism
  • is expected to be able to present an analytical reasoning
  • is expected to be able to present and discuss problems, views and solutions, both orally and in writing
  • is expected to be able to participate in a dialog on a general level with people from different academic backgrounds

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars. The course demands a high degree of student activity, both through preparations at home and oral participation in lectures and seminars.

Approved obligatory assignment is only valid in the semester in which the approval is given.

Compulsory assignments

  • 2 written assignments
  • 1 oral assignment
  • 75% attendance in all teaching activities

Further on evaluation


- Term paper, 2500-3000 words

- Oral examination, approximately 20 minutes

Each of the exams are graded separately. The term paper counts as 2/3 and the oral examination counts as 1/3 of the final grade.

Only the final grade will be listed on official diplomas and transcripts of records from NTNU. Both the term paper and the oral examination must receive the grade E or better in order for the student to receive a passing grade. If a student fails one or both parts of the exam, they must retake both parts of the exam. If a student resits a passed exam, they must retake both parts of the exam.

The exam must be answered in Spanish.

In semesters where SPA2501 is not taught, NTNU will not be offering a resit examination.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

The reading list will be announced at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SPA2401 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: Spanish

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Spanish
  • Language and Literature
  • Language Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature


Examination arrangement: Term paper and oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Term paper 2/3





Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Oral examination 1/3 E
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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