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Hispanic Studies and Global Sustainable Development (BASc) (Full-Time, 2020 Entry)

Hispanic Studies and Global Sustainable Development (BASc)

Hispanic Studies and Global Sustainable Development (BASc)



  • UCAS Code
  • R4L8
  • Qualification
  • BASc
  • Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Entry Requirements
  • A level: AAB
  • IB: 36
  • (See full entry
  • requirements below)


A modern languages degree equips you with excellent communication, research, critical and evaluative skills, all of which are highly sought after by employers. On our Hispanic Studies and Global Sustainable Development (BASc) degree you will gain specialist knowledge and understanding of the language, culture and sustainability issues of the Hispanic world.


The ability to communicate and express oneself confidently in more than one language is a vital skill for any Global Citizen. A degree in Hispanic Studies and Global Sustainable Development provides you with the unique opportunity to develop your Spanish speaking skills, and confront the critical challenges facing the Hispanic world. You will undergo a rigorous development of your language skills and explore Hispanic cultures with the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. Throughout the three years, this programme strikes a positive balance between language modules and cultural modules.

As part of your course, you’ll complete certificates that will develop and demonstrate professional skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to spend part of your second year studying abroad at our partner institution, Monash University in Australia – home to the world-leading Monash Sustainable Development Institute. Alternatively, you may choose to apply for an intercalated year abroad or a work placement.

Enabling you to follow your passion in the Arts, we are awarding Scholarships of £1,000 to home/UK students who achieve AAA+ or equivalent if you start your course in 2020 and you have applied through UCAS, adjustment or clearing.

Your course will consist of a 50:50 split, with half of the teaching provided by the GSD Division of the School for Cross-faculty Studies, and the other half by the Hispanic Studies Department in the School of Modern Languages.

Year 1: Six required core modules - four in GSD worth 60 CATS and two in Hispanic Studies worth 60 CATS. Three of your GSD required core modules will focus on providing you with a critical understanding of the ‘three pillars of sustainability’: economy, environment, and society. Your fourth required core GSD module will be a GSD Project.

One of your Hispanic Studies modules will be language oriented, according to your ability, and the other focused on culture. Optional certificates in Digital Literacy, Sustainability and Professional Communication (with a work placement) will be available.

Year 2: For the GSD half, 60 CATs of GSD modules will be comprised of one 30 CAT optional core ('Security, Sovereignty and Sustainability in the Global Food System', 'Health and Sustainable Development' or 'Inequalities and Sustainable Development: Inclusion and Dignity for All') plus further module(s) totalling 30 CATS selected from the range of modules available across the University (including from within the Global Sustainable Development Division) which have a global sustainable development focus. With Hispanic Studies, you will further your language skills with a 30 CATS core language module, and you will also undertake a 30 CATS Spanish culture module. There is also an opportunity to take the Certificate of Coaching Practice and the Certificate of Professional Communication (alongside a work placement).

Year 2 (with Terms 2 and 3 abroad): If you opt to travel abroad to study at Monash University for part of the year, you will take one of three optional GSD core 15 CATs modules ('Health and Sustainable Development', 'Security, Sovereignty and Sustainability in the Global Food System' or 'Inequality, Wealth, Behaviour and Society') in the first term whilst at Warwick, together with further relevant second year modules from within or outside of the School for Cross-faculty Studies totalling 15 CATS. With Hispanic Studies you will study 'Spanish Language through Films' (15 CATS) and a further 15 CATS cultural optional module. Whilst abroad, you will be required to study relevant approved modules equating to 60 CATs selected from those offered by the partner institution.

Final Year: One core GSD module 'Dissertation' (30 CATS) plus further relevant modules from within or outside of the School for Cross-faculty Studies totalling 30 CATS, with a global sustainable development focus. With Hispanic Studies, you will undertake a 30 CATS language module based on your ability, and a choice of optional cultural modules totalling 30 CATS.

You will attend lectures and take part in seminars, workshops and tutorials and work with your fellow students in teams on controversial, topical problems that pose significant sustainable development questions. You will undertake fieldwork, archival research and engage in peer discussion to propose alternative solutions. You will review the work of your fellow students.

You will be taught by a range of academics, from different disciplines, who will communicate their expertise on a specific issue and describe their methodology for addressing it. Your role is to bring together these various approaches and to develop your own informed stance on each issue.

Contact hours
Core first year GSD modules have 23 hours of contact time each made up of lectures, workshops and, for the 'GSD Project' module, group supervision sessions and a field trip. In the second year, optional core GSD modules have around 45 contact hours each for the 30 CATS versions and half this for the shorter 15 CATS versions.

Teaching is via workshops. Optional GSD modules are available with between 20 and 50 hours for scheduled contact time depending upon how the module is taught. For example, some modules have lectures, seminars, film screenings and research supervision whereas others have lectures and workshops. Some modules include field trips.

Hispanic Studies language modules typically have 4-5 hours contact time per week, across a combination of seminars, presentations, and small group teaching.

Class size
Seminar groups comprise between 10 and 15 students.

Research papers, reports, policy briefings, posters, portfolios and critical commentaries, presentations in public fora, language assignments, traditional academic essays and examinations including written and oral language examinations.

The final degree classification is determined by your second and final year marks, and each contributes 50%.

Integrated study abroad; taking place during Terms 2 and 3 of second year, at Monash University in either Australia or Malaysia. Students study approved courses that complement their Global Sustainable Development studies at Warwick. Grades from Monash are accredited and will contribute towards overall final degree classifications

Intercalated study abroad – organised with the International Office, opportunity to study for a year long unaccredited period at one of Warwick’s partner universities. This takes place between second and third year, with students studying a full course load but without any formal contribution towards their overall degree grade. This will however be recorded on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

Intercalated work placement - The School for Cross-faculty Studies offers you the opportunity to complete an intercalated work placement, which takes place between your second and final year. You will transfer from your three-year degree to the equivalent four-year ‘Intercalated year’ degree, and this will be acknowledged on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

A level: AAB to include a modern or classical language. You will also need Grade B/Grade 6 in English and Mathematics at GCSE

IB: 36 to include a modern or classical language (at Higher Level 5), and English and Mathematics (at Higher Level or Standard Level 5)

Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

Contextual data and differential offers
Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP)
    All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year
    Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews
    We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    We also ask applicants who meet, or are predicted to meet, the minimum entry requirements to submit a second personal statement to Warwick which addresses their reasons for applying to the course.

    Open Days
    All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year One
Economic Principles of Global Sustainable Development

What is economic development, what does it look like and how can it be measured? These are questions that are explored in this module. You’ll learn about the relationship between economic activity and social and environmental development, the economic theories that underpin sustainable development policy interventions, and how those theories impact upon policy design. After studying this module, you’ll be able to apply the economic principles that you’ve learned to the analysis of global sustainable development problems. You’ll also understand how economic policies intended to address those problems are developed and be able to offer informed critiques of such policies.

Social Principles of Global Sustainable Development

This introductory module examines in-depth the most crucial concepts that allow you to analyse and interpret the social and political issues related to global sustainable development. You’ll be considering complex, topical issues that allow you to understand and evaluate the most pressing social and political contexts of sustainable development at national and international levels. Upon completing this module you’ll have acquired specific knowledge and understanding that allows you to offer a well-informed evidence-based explanation of the key challenges that face our world, focusing on the social and political contexts.

You’ll also be able to explain the global social threats that are caused by economic development, consider and reflect critically on the reasons why some countries developed while others stayed poor, engage critically with various strategies that have been suggested to end extreme poverty, understand and write critically about the continuing challenges of providing “Education for all” and “Health for all”, and write critically about the notion of goal-based development.

Environmental Principles of Global Sustainable Development

This module is structured around an emerging global consensus that humans are compromising the global biosphere by transgressing nine Planetary Boundaries: the result of which will be fundamental and unrecoverable change that significantly compromises the operating space of human development.

We focus on the natural science of these environmental issues – covering well known topics like climate change and biodiversity loss, but also lesser realised problems, such as biochemical flows. We evaluate existing governance and management efforts, and try to develop responses of our own. You’ll be taught how to write a Policy Briefing and will prepare one on your chosen subject, aimed at a specific key decision maker. Then, you’ll convert your Brief to a Policy Pitch: a two minute ‘sell’ of your research. By the end of this module, you’ll possess key knowledge of environmental principles and also skills valuable for creating meaningful change in the real world of work, governance and/or activism.

GSD Project

During this module, you will collaborate with your peers on a task of investigating the issue of sustainable

transport. You will be immersed in a wealth of qualitative and quantitative data that you will gather, examine,

analyse and critique. As well as deepening your understanding of the economic case for sustainable

transport, you’ll be strengthening your academic research skills to deconstruct a major problem, formulate

and test hypotheses, evaluate the evidence, and undertake 􀃘eld research, including interviews and focus

groups.

Modern Spanish Language 1 or Modern Spanish Language for Beginners

Language, Text and Identity in the Hispanic World

How has the Spanish language travelled around the world and what happens when it co-exists with other languages? How do writers exploit language to explore identity, and what happens when they work between two (or more) languages? This module will equip you with the skills to understand and appreciate the cultural and sociolinguistic diversity of the Hispanic world, and give you a strong grounding in the literary and cultural analysis of texts that address this diversity. Through the work of the Dominican–American writer Junot Díaz and the plays of Lope de Vega and Tirso de Molina, you’ll explore the use of language-switching and manipulation and disguise to explore and express identity.

OR

Images and Representations of the Hispanic World

Where did the familiar stereotypes of Spain and Latin America come from? How have they circulated and been received at different times and in different places? And how have Spaniards and Latin Americans represented themselves to travellers, tourists, artists, and even invaders? Through the study of representations of the Hispanic world, you will investigate significant topics including (de)colonisation of the Americas, stereotypical views of the Hispanic world and the imagining of Spanish identify through art and film in the 20th century. You will be expected to read widely and independently, and to gain the analytical skills needed to conduct close textual and film analysis.

OR

Icons of the Hispanic World

You’ll be introduced to major cultural landmarks from across the temporal, geographical and disciplinary range covered within Hispanic studies. You’ll engage with iconic figures at the heart of the Hispanic cultural imagination, and with canonical authors whose work has been influential in a Hispanic context and beyond. You will acquire the skills required to conduct close analysis and critique of primary sources, both written and visual, in a variety of genres, and in so doing, foster your linguistic competence and increase your awareness of the range and diversity of Hispanic culture. There will be opportunities to improve your research techniques and to present clear and cogent arguments based on your analysis of primary sources.


Year Two

Health and Sustainable Development

Your starting point on this module is the sustainable development goals for health and well-being, gender equality and reducing inequalities, with an overarching theme of how our bodies relate to various forms of development. You can expect to articulate your knowledge of major global inequalities and apply your understanding across different cultural and social norms. You will ask provocative questions and critically engage with the way the environment is affecting health outcomes, and critique the efficacy of policy measures that aim to address health-related global crises. You’ll also improve your research skills by generating original, well-researched arguments for policies that address health and inequalities outcomes.

OR

Security, Sovereignty and Sustainability in the Global Food System

At least 800 million people are chronically undernourished globally, and the global population is projected to increase to a staggering 10 billion by 2050. From this challenging starting point, you’ll be working with active researchers from across various disciplines at the University of Warwick. You will become acquainted with contrasting disciplinary approaches to the investigation of food systems, and be able to analyse scholarly concerns surrounding food security, sovereignty and sustainability. You’ll evaluate competing solutions and research, evaluate and synthesise academic and other credible research and analysis in order to respond critically to the essential topics and questions in this exciting field.

OR

Inequalities and Sustainable Development: Inclusion and Dignity for All

This new module focuses on issues of inequalities shaping our societies, economies, environments and politics. Starting with the question does inequality matter, you will critically reflect on the UN’s decision to integrate inequalities into the Sustainable Development Agenda. You will then explore six different dimensions of inequalities (work, politics, environmental justice, societal discrimination, automation and globalisation, opportunities and empowerment) and gain an understanding of the complexities of these problems. Finally, you will appreciate the challenges faced by today’s policy makers who aim to reduce inequalities.



Modern Spanish Language 2

On this module, you will extend your competence in Spanish. You will deepen your understanding of advanced grammatical and linguistic structures, increase the range and sophistication of your vocabulary, and refine your use of register in authentic spoken and written discourse. You will use resources from a variety of media from around the Hispanic world, and take part in our virtual language exchange with students in Latin America and Spain. At the end of the course, you should have sufficient mastery to discuss different topics, report on your independent reading and support your opinions with solid arguments.

OR

Modern Spanish Language 2 (Post-beginners)

OR

Inequalities and Sustainable Development: Inclusion and Dignity for All

This new module focuses on issues of inequalities shaping our societies, economies, environments and politics. Starting with the question does inequality matter, you will critically reflect on the UN’s decision to integrate inequalities into the Sustainable Development Agenda. You will then explore six different dimensions of inequalities (work, politics, environmental justice, societal discrimination, automation and globalisation, opportunities and empowerment) and gain an understanding of the complexities of these problems. Finally, you will appreciate the challenges faced by today’s policy makers who aim to reduce inequalities.


Optional Modules

Any approved optional modules with a GSD focus

Second year Hispanic Studies modules


Final Year

Dissertation/Long Project

Modern Spanish Language 3

On this module, you will consolidate your fluency in spoken and written Spanish, and refine your translation skills to advanced level. You will practise oral and discursive expression using a range of advanced linguistic structures, vocabulary and registers. You will be engaged in independent study, for example in researching and preparing work for presentation in class in order to develop your communicative and intercultural competence and the capacity to structure your own learning.

Optional Modules

Any approved optional modules with a GSD focus

Final year Hispanic Studies modules

Our degree programmes have been developed to provide you with a set of skills that will enable you to compete for existing and emerging roles across a variety of professions. Your options are varied across a range of industries, from working in the United Nations to advising small businesses on issues that will affect the local community. Additionally, a strong language proficiency is one of the most desirable skills sought by employers in the globalising world. Speaking Spanish would give you a key edge, for example, if you were to consider working for an organisation whose work focuses on Central or South America.

You will also learn valuable transferable skills that will help you with your employment prospects including:

  • Analysing and problem solving: Through your study of economic principles and models, you’ll learn how to extract the essential features of complex systems, providing useable frameworks for evaluation.
  • Critical thinking: Assess arguments, make judgements, formulate reasoned debates and generate feasible solutions.
  • Communicating: Develop advanced communication skills that enable you to communicate with a variety of audiences and in different settings.
  • Researching: An integrated programme of research skills training, teaching you how to source, evaluate and use different forms of information and data.
  • Organising: Through a rigorous assessment schedule and a compulsory dissertation module in your final year, you’ll learn the essentials of time management, prioritisation and how to be well organised.
  • Collaborating: You’ll have plenty of opportunities to work with others and nurture your emotional intelligence, developing a professional attitude.

The nature of our GSD degrees is such that graduates can go into global sustainable development itself, or take their interdisciplinary skills, along with the specialist knowledge gained from subject-specific modules into a wide range of roles, such as:

  • Project work / lobbying for international organisations, NGOs and charities
  • Advisory / consultancy roles in public services, education or the environmental or energy sectors
  • Roles in communications, public relations and the media
  • Sustainable finance

The GSD Division has a dedicated Placements' Officer who is able to offer careers guidance, provide information about suitable placement opportunities and support you to secure appropriate work experience. The Placements' Officer gives specialist pre-placement advice, guidance and preparation, and provides on-going support for you whilst on placement. In addition, the Officer delivers the associated Certificate of Professional Communication.

A level: AAB to include a modern or classical language. You will also need Grade B/Grade 6 in English and Mathematics at GCSE

IB: 36 to include a modern or classical language (at Higher Level 5), and English and Mathematics (at Higher Level or Standard Level 5)

Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

Arts Excellence Scholarship 2020
£1,000 to home/UK students who achieve AAA+ or equivalent for this course.

UCAS code
R4L8

Award
Degree of Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BASc)

Department
Global Sustainable Development

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Duration
3 years full-time

Start date
28 September 2020

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who transfer to the intercalated course and do a year-long work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

This information is applicable for 2020 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

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