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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: SPA3015
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: PHILLIPS TP Dr (Lang & Trans)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)
Portfolio and presentation
Extended essay (2500-3000 words)

Qualifying Condition(s)
A weighted aggregate of 40% is required to pass the module
Module Overview
This is a level 3 module for Spanish. It is taught in the target language over the whole year, one contact hours per teaching week. Attendance is compulsory.
Successful completion of Level 2 Spanish modules or equivalent
Module Aims
The module will provide students with:
  • Knowledge and understanding of Spain’s major economic aspects, the context of business of contemporary Spain.
  • Improved awareness of the importance of working in Modern Spanish society
Vocabulary and concepts necessary to read, write and debate economic themes in Spanish.
Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, students will:

  • be able to understand and reflect on the material being studied
  • be able to evaluate critically business documents
  • be able to extract linguistic and cultural aspects from the texts under examination
  • be able to appreciate the importance of the impact of economy in Spanish society
Module Content

All the parties involved in economic life 

Economy of Spain

  • Spain in the economic world
  • Sectors of the Spanish economy
  • Foreign trade
  • Role of the State
  • Evolution of working environment in 21st century

Case studies

  • Types of companies
  • Multinationals, small and small and medium-sized industries
  • Organization charts
  • Marketing

Spanish workplace culture

  • Men/Women
  • Business etiquette and customs
  • Labour Law
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Two contact hour per week over both semesters
Interactive Lectures/Seminars: students will be expected to participate in class discussions.
Selected Texts/Journals
Texts will be chosen from the following list:
Amey J. and Coveney J. (1994) Harrap’s Spanish Business Management Terms. Edinburgh : Chambers Harrap.
Encarnación, O. G. (2008) Spanish Politics. Cambridge. Polity.
Eurografters: Spain (2007) [Off-air recording] BBC, BBC2, 13 Feb. 2007.
Felices Lago, A. and Ruíz López, C. (1998) Español para el comercio internacional. Madrid : Edinumen.
Make Spanish your Business, Part One (2007) [Off-air recording] BBC, BBC2, 13 Feb. 2007
Make Spanish your Business, Part Two (2007) [Off-air recording] BBC, BBC2, 13 Feb. 2007
Ross, C. J., Richardson, B. and Sangrador-Vegas, B. (2008) Contemporary Spain (3rd edition). London. Hodder.
The Politics of Contemporary Spain (2005) ed. by Balfour, S. Abingdon: Routledge.
Woodford, P. E. and Schmitt, C. J. (1992) Comercio y marketing. New York: McGraw-Hill).
Working with the Spanish (2007) [Off-air recording] BBC, BBC2, 13 Feb. 2007.
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