Languages and Community Engagement HISP4130

  • 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

The course explores community engagement, migration and diaspora in the UK more broadly, and the Spanish and Latin American communities more specifically, considering different methodologies and approaches in multilingual contexts. The course will analyse ideas of community and the ethical implications of working with diverse communities. This is a project-centred course, which will develop active learning strategies, where students will discuss and reflect on how to engage with multilingual communities, organisations and partners, put their academic skills in practice and contribute to the local community.


20 x 1hr sessions across both semesters 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 Honours Spanish, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Single Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses





Community project design (group-work/team-work) (1000 words) - 25%

Oral presentation (5 minutes) - 15%

Essay (2500 words) - 60%

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will 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 aims to:


■ Give students a broad theoretical understanding of contemporary migration, focusing on the study of the Latin American migrant communities in the UK

■ Analyse key concepts such as transnationalism, human rights, citizenship, integration, cultural diversity and multilingualism 

■ Explore the role of community engagement and community development in multilingual contexts, and identify challenges and barriers to service access and provision by the Spanish-speaking and Latin American communities in the UK 

■ Develop students' skills, interests, and talents in practical areas of community engagement, from art project design, community translation, social media communication to video or zine production in Spanish 

■ Integrate community engagement with teaching and research in the target language 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Critically analyse theoretical arguments from the fields of Migration and Diaspora Studies, ethnic minorities and multilingualism 

■ discuss community engagement methods and practices 

■ Identify community-based public and private services that provide assistance and advocacy for migrant communities in the UK 

■ Reflect on their own learning process 

■ Develop a series of transferable skills such as problem-solving skills, project design and teamwork 

■ Communicate effectively in written and oral forms. 

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.