Spanish MA

Images of Women in 20th century Hispanic Cultures HISP4106

  • 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 the ways the traditional polarised images of women have been used and challenged in the Hispanic world during the twentieth century by writers, visual artists and film makers.


20 x 1 hour seminar over 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.

Excluded Courses





Report, c.1000 words (20%)

Group presentation, within which each student in the group will talk for c5 minutes (15% group mark and 15% individual mark) (30%)

Essay, c. 2000 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:

■ explore the ways in which stereotypes of women are both reinforced and challenged by comparing written and visual texts produced by both men and women in the Hispanic world.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Critically analyse the ways in which women are represented in visual art, poetry, drama, film and prose;

■ Support analysis with detailed reference to set texts (in the broadest sense of the term);

■ Articulate the ways in which the representation of women in Hispanic cultures might reinforce or challenge stereotypes;

■ Engage critically with secondary reading.

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.