SPAN20220 La sociedad española actual: Economía y cultura

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module is primarily designed for B. Comm. International students of Spanish who are preparing for their year abroad in Spain as part of their degree programme, but is also open to those students planning on going to Spain on Erasmus. It provides the bridge between Stage 2 at UCD and the year abroad when students will have an opportunity to develop and apply their linguistic and intercultural competences in a University/Business School context.
Through a content-integrated language teaching methodology, the module aims to broaden students' understanding of cultural and business aspects of Spanish society while contributing to the development of written and oral communication skills in the Spanish language. Students will critically explore a variety of written texts and audio-visual materials that will help them become more competent in business Spanish and inter-cultural awareness. The development of strategies for independent learning and group work will enable students to draw on them more effectively during their year abroad.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
- understand and analyse articles, reports and audio-visual materials on business and cultural topics
- write texts with clarity and precision applying a wide-range of vocabulary
- give a well-structured oral presentation on a chosen topic, and comment on other presentations
- have developed self-study skills and an awareness of and sensitivity to another culture

Indicative Module Content:

Topics may include:
- Jóvenes emprendedores
- Talento humano
- Finanzas para tu proyecto
- Marketing y publicidad
- Enfoque intercultural
- Nuevas tecnologías
- Negocios sostenibles

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module requires students to take an active participation in all the learning activities associated with the module, both in class and outside the class. A significant amount of work in class will be done in pairs or groups. Often, class activities are based on materials (written texts and videos) that students have to prepare prior to the classes. During the trimester students will work on a final project in groups that will be then presented to the class. Each tutorial will be 50 minutes long. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
SPAN20100 - Commercial Spanish for B.Comm

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Group Project: Oral presentation in groups Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: 3 Quizzes based on written documents and audio/audio-visual material Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: 2-hour written examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Quizzes will be graded as students complete them and online automated feedback will be provided. Individual feedback will be given on written assignments Individual & peer-feedback will be used for oral tasks

Name Role
Ms Maria Rodríguez Villaumbrales Tutor