Nonfiction Literature In Latin America HISP4023

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will study a representative selection of non-fiction and documentary literature that has emerged in the twentieth century within Latin America.


20 x 1-hour sessions as scheduled on MyCampus.


This is one of the honours options in SMLC and may not run every year. The options which are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Spanish or Hispanic Studies, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes.

Excluded Courses





Time-limited assignment to be completed over a 4-day period (1,500 words) - 50%

Essay (2,000 words) - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ study a representative selection of non-fiction and documentary literature that has emerged in the twentieth century within Latin America;

■ create a broader understanding of historical and intellectual preoccupations in Latin America in this period;

■ engage with documentary and non-fiction writing on Latin America

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ analyse the historical and political contexts as well as a range of intellectual preoccupations of the periods studied;

■ discuss the cultural and ideological significance of the texts analysed;

■ relate the issues around documentary and non-fiction writing to social context of modern-day Latin America;

■ produce well-supported and well-referenced written and oral arguments on course topics.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.