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BA Philosophy and Religion and Spanish

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

40 credits from:

  • LZS-1001: Advanced Spanish 1 (20) (Semester 1) Core
    This module has been designed in order to enable post 'A' level students to develop written communicative skills in Spanish by extending linguistic competence acquired at 'A' level. It comprises a text-based class in which students have the opportunity to develop translation skills and paraphrasing techniques. Students also have the opportunity to revise and consolidate key areas of grammar in a second class which constitutes the grammatical spine of the module. The texts used in this module are chosen from a range of sources including the media and literary works in order to familiarise students with variations in tone and register. A thematic approach is used in the text-based class in order to enable students to gain an insight into particular Hispanic themes and issues while developing the various written communicative skills outlined. Spanish Practice Books: No set text is given for this language module, although students are highly encouraged to purchase a copy of the following books for self-study: Busquets, María, Ejercicios gramaticales, Niveles Intermedio y Superior (Madrid: Verbum, 1993) Howkins, Angela, Practising Spanish Grammar, (London: Hodder, 2011) Nissemberg, Gilda, Practice Makes Perfect. Complete Spanish Grammar (New York: Mc Graw-Hill, 2004) Equipo Prisma, Español para Extranjeros: Nivel Intermedio B1 (Madrid: Edinumen, 2004) Websites: Diccionario de la Real Academia de la Lengua Española: http://www.rae.es/rae.html Any other learning resources: Students are given two module dossiers at the beginning of the year containing all the necessary materials for their classes. Students have to complete the School’s Self-Study Portfolio (available from SMLC website).
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    LCS-1001: Sbaeneg Uwch 1 (20) (Semester 1) Core
    Lluniwyd y modiwl hwn i alluogi myfyrwyr sydd wedi astudio Lefel A Sbaeneg i ddatblygu eu sgiliau cyfathrebu trwy ehangu ar y sgiliau iaith a ddysgwyd ganddynt yn eu Lefel A. Mae'n cynnwys dosbarth sy'n seiliedig ar destunau lle caiff myfyrwyr gyfle i ddatblygu eu sgiliau cyfieithu ac aralleirio. Caiff myfyrwyr hefyd y cyfle i adolygu a chyfnerthu elfennau gramadegol penodol mewn ail ddosbarth sy'n canolbwyntio ar ramadeg. Daw'r testunau a ddefnyddir yn y modiwl hwn o amrywiaeth o ffynonellau yn cynnwys y cyfryngau a darnau llenyddol er mwyn i fyfyrwyr ymgyfarwyddo ag amrywiol gyweiriau. Defnyddir dull thematig o ymdrin â'r darnau yn y dosbarth er mwyn galluogi myfyrwyr i ddod i ddeall themâu a materion Sbaenaidd penodol wrth feithrin y sgiliau ysgrifennu a amlinellwyd. Mae pynciau’n cynnwys: sinema, celf, llenyddiaeth a gwleidyddiaeth. Spanish Practice Books: No set text is given for this language module, although students are highly encouraged to purchase a copy of the following books for self-study: Busquets, María, Ejercicios gramaticales, Niveles Intermedio y Superior (Madrid: Verbum, 1993) Howkins, Angela, Practising Spanish Grammar, (London: Hodder, 2011) Nissemberg, Gilda, Practice Makes Perfect. Complete Spanish Grammar (New York: Mc Graw-Hill, 2004) Equipo Prisma, Español para Extranjeros: Nivel Intermedio B1 (Madrid: Edinumen, 2004) Websites: Diccionario de la Real Academia de la Lengua Española: http://www.rae.es/rae.html Any other learning resources: Students are given two module dossiers at the beginning of the year containing all the necessary materials for their classes. Students have to complete the School’s Self-Study Portfolio (available from SMLC website).
  • LZS-1002: Advanced Spanish 2 (20) (Semester 2) Core
    This topic-based module complements LZS1001 by developing proficiency in spoken Spanish acquired at 'A' level. A range of audio and visual aids is used in each class in order to stimulate group discussions, debates and individual presentations on a particular theme. Aural skills are also developed through audio and video comprehension exercises. The purpose of this module is to enable students to defend themselves orally in a range of topics relating to contemporary Hispanic life and society and to improve comprehension of regional Spanish accents. Websites: YouTube channels for listening comprehension practice: http://www.youtube.com/user/rtve http://www.youtube.com/user/misextatv http://www.youtube.com/user/antena3 http://www.youtube.com/user/valemusic http://www.youtube.com/user/artehistoriacom Spanish radio stations: http://www.cadenaser.com/player_radio.html http://www.los40.com/player/ Main Spanish newspapers: http://www.elpais.com http://www.elperiodico.com/es/ http://www.lavanguardia.com/ http://www.elmundo.es/
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    LCS-1002: Sbaeneg Uwch 2 (20) (Semester 2) Core
    Y modiwl hwn yw'r modiwl llafar sy'n cyfateb i LCS1001. Mae'n fodiwl dwbl sy'n anelu at ddatblygu'r sgiliau Sbaeneg llafar a ddysgwyd wrth astudio am Lefel A. Defnyddir amrywiaeth o gymhorthion clywedol a gweledol ym mhob dosbarth i sbarduno trafodaethau grŵp, dadleuon a chyflwyniadau unigol ar themâu penodol. Datblygir sgiliau gwrando hefyd trwy ymarferion gwrando a deall gyda thapiau sain a fideo. Nod y modiwl hwn yw galluogi myfyrwyr i fynegi eu hunain ar lafar wrth drafod amrywiaeth o bynciau sy'n ymwneud â bywyd cyfoes a chymdeithas Sbaenaidd a gwella eu dealltwriaeth o acenion rhanbarthol Sbaeneg. Websites: YouTube channels for listening comprehension practice: http://www.youtube.com/user/rtve http://www.youtube.com/user/misextatv http://www.youtube.com/user/antena3 http://www.youtube.com/user/valemusic http://www.youtube.com/user/artehistoriacom Spanish radio stations: http://www.cadenaser.com/player_radio.html http://www.los40.com/player/ Main Spanish newspapers: http://www.elpais.com http://www.elperiodico.com/es/ http://www.lavanguardia.com/ http://www.elmundo.es/
  • LZS-1003: Spanish Begin./Intermed. 1 (20) (Semester 1) Core
    This module is aimed at ab initio and post GCSE students of Spanish and focuses on the development of basic oral, aural and written communicative skills. The module involves an introduction to (and in the case of those with GCSE knowledge of the language), a revision of key areas of grammar (present and past tenses, the future and conditional tenses, nouns, adjectives, prepositions) and general vocabulary and key expressions relating to self, family, daily routine, hobbies, likes and dislikes and role-play situations. Through selected audio/visual aids, students will also be introduced to Spanish culture and society. Textbook: Kattán, Juan, and Angela Howkins, Spanish Grammar in Context, 3rd edn (New York: Routledge, 2014)
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    LCS-1003: Sbaeneg i Ddechreuwyr 1 (20) (Semester 1) Core
    Mae'r modiwl hwn wedi ei anelu at ddechreuwyr a myfyrwyr sydd wedi astudio TGAU Sbaeneg ac mae'n canolbwyntio ar ddatblygu sgiliau cyfathrebu llafar, clywedol ac ysgrifenedig sylfaenol. Mae'r modiwl yn cynnwys cyflwyniad ac (yn achos myfyrwyr sydd wedi astudio TGAU Sbaeneg) adolygiad o elfennau gramadegol allweddol (yr amser presennol a'r gorffennol, y dyfodol a'r amodol, enwau, ansoddeiriau, arddodiaid) a geirfa ac ymadroddion cyffredin sy'n ymwneud â'r hunan, y teulu, bywyd pob dydd, hobïau, hoff bethau a chas bethau a chwarae rôl. Trwy gymhorthion clywedol/gweledol cyflwynir myfyrwyr hefyd i ddiwylliant a chymdeithas Sbaenaidd. Llyfr cwrs: Kattán, Juan, and Angela Howkins, Spanish Grammar in Context, 3rd edn (New York: Routledge, 2014)
  • LZS-1004: Spanish Begin./Intermed. 2 (20) (Semester 2) Core
    This module is aimed at all first year students who have completed Spanish for Beginners and Intermediate Students 1. The module aims to develop the basic oral, aural and written communicative skills acquired in semester 1 in order to bring students up to and beyond a level of proficiency equivalent to 'A' level. Students apply the grammatical principles learned in semester 1 to extended pieces of writing and also focus on more complex grammatical structures. Aural communicative skills are developed through audio and video tape comprehension exercises and students are required to make individual presentations on more sophisticated topics. Textbook: Kattán, Juan, and Angela Howkins, Spanish Grammar in Context, 3rd edn (New York: Routledge, 2014)
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    LCS-1004: Sbaeneg i Ddechreuwyr 2 (20) (Semester 2) Core
    Mae'r modiwl hwn wedi ei anelu at fyfyrwyr yn y flwyddyn gyntaf sydd wedi astudio Sbaeneg i Ddechreuwyr a Myfyrwyr Canolradd 1. Nod y modiwl hwn yw datblygu'r sgiliau llafar, clywedol ac ysgrifenedig sylfaenol a ddysgwyd yn semester 1 er mwyn i fyfyrwyr ddatblygu'r hyfedredd sy'n cyfateb i safon Lefel A. Bydd myfyrwyr yn defnyddio'r egwyddorion gramadegol a ddysgwyd yn semester 1 i ysgrifennu darnau estynedig a byddant hefyd yn canolbwyntio ar strwythurau gramadegol mwy cymhleth (y goddefol, y modd dibynnol, y modd gorchmynnol). Datblygir sgiliau gwrando trwy ymarferion gwrando a deall gyda thapiau sain a fideo a bydd gofyn i fyfyrwyr roi cyflwyniadau unigol ar bynciau mwy cymhleth. Llyfr cwrs: Kattán, Juan, and Angela Howkins, Spanish Grammar in Context, 3rd edn (New York: Routledge, 2014)
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Optional Modules

20 credits from:

  • LZC-1003: Chinese for Beginners 1 (20) (Semester 1)
  • LZF-1003: French for Beginners I (20) (Semester 1)
    The module is devised to suit 'ab initio' and post-GCSE students of French and focuses on the development of basic oral, aural and written communicative skills. The module involves an introduction to and [in the case of those with GCSE knowledge of the language] a revision of key areas of grammar (present and past tenses, the future and conditional tenses, nouns, adjectives, prepositions). Students will acquire general vocabulary and key expressions relating to self, family, daily routine, hobbies, likes and dislikes, in part through role-play situations. Using appropriate audio/visual aids, students will also be introduced to modern and contemporary French culture and society. Key texts: Action Grammaire! 3rd edition by Phil Turk & Geneviève García Vandaele (Hodder Education, 2006). The French Experience 1 Marie Therese Bougard, Daniele Bourdais (BBC Publications, 2003) Students are given the following advice about purchasing a dictionary: “You may be able to manage with a concise one (not a pocket dictionary), but you should consider a ‘proper’ translating dictionary such as the Collins-Robert or Oxford-Hachette, and learn to use it effectively and regularly.”
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    LCF-1003: Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr I (20) (Semester 1)
    Mae'r modiwl hwn yn addas ar gyfer dechreuwyr a myfyrwyr sydd wedi astudio Ffrangeg at TGAU. Mae'n canolbwyntio ar ddatblygu sgiliau llafar, gwrando ac ysgrifennu. Mae'r modiwl yn cynnwys cyflwyniad ac adolygu (yn achos rhai sydd eisoes wedi gwneud TGAU) y rhannau allweddol o ramadeg (yr amser presennol a'r gorffennol, y dyfodol a'r amodol, enwau, ansoddeiriau, arddodiaid). Bydd y myfyrwyr yn dysgu geirfa gyffredinol a'r ymadroddion allweddol sy'n ymwneud â'r hunan, y teulu, gweithgareddau bob-dydd, diddordebau, yr hyn maent yn ei hoffi/gasáu, a hynny yn rhannol trwy sefyllfaoedd chwarae rôl. Gan ddefnyddio'r cymhorthion sain/gweledol priodol, bydd y myfyrwyr yn cael eu cyflwyno i'r diwylliant a'r gymdeithas Ffrengig heddiw. Key texts The following textbooks are used: Action Grammaire! 3rd edition by Phil Turk & Geneviève García Vandaele (Hodder Education, 2006). The French Experience 1 Marie Therese Bougard, Daniele Bourdais (BBC Publications, 2003) Students are given the following advice about purchasing a dictionary: “You may be able to manage with a concise one (not a pocket dictionary), but you should consider a ‘proper’ translating dictionary such as the Collins-Robert or Oxford-Hachette, and learn to use it effectively and regularly.”
  • LZG-1003: German for Beginners I (20) (Semester 1)
    The module is devised to suit 'ab initio' and post-GCSE students of German and focuses on the development of basic oral, aural and written communicative skills. The module involves an introduction to and [in the case of those with GCSE knowledge of the language] a revision of key areas of grammar (present and past tenses, the future and conditional tenses, nouns, adjectives, prepositions). Students will acquire general vocabulary and key expressions relating to self, family, daily routine, hobbies, likes and dislikes, in part through role-play situations. Using appropriate audio/visual aids, students will also be introduced to modern and contemporary German culture and society Key Text Storz, Thomas, Jutta Müller and Hartmut Aufderstraße, Delfin (Munich: Hueber Verlag, 2014). Websites SMLC offers a link list for all language students that covers the most important resources (newspapers, TV channels, online grammar and dictionaries, etc.) in the language(s) that they study: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/ml/links-german.php.en (German online resources) http://www.bangor.ac.uk/ml/links-welsh.php.en (Welsh medium resources) Additionally, students are encouraged to consult: English-German Context Dictionary: http://www.linguee.com/
  • LZI-1003: Italian for Beginners I (20) (Semester 1)
    This is a module running in semester 1 aimed at absolute beginners. This module intends to make students become familiar with the basic structures of the language in order to enable them to express themselves, both orally and in writing, on very simple topics related to everyday life situations. The textbook adopted for this course is 'Spazio Italia 1' (Loescher Editore). This particular text has been selected for its communicative approach to language teaching which, in conjunction with a more traditional approach to grammar, allows students to speed up their progress in all the four essential language learning skills of speaking, reading, listening and writing. Key Texts: Diaco, Mimma Flavia & Maria Gloria Tommasini, Spazio Italia 1, (Torino: Loescher Editore, 2011). Diaco, Mimma Flavia & Maria Gloria Tommasini, Spazio Italia 3, (Torino: Loescher Editore, 2011). Webpages: www.rainews.it www.repubblica.it Any other learning resources: Lingu exercises
  • QXL-1110: Introduction to Language (20) (Semester 1)
    The course provides an overview of a wide range of topics in the study of natural language, including: 1. What is language? 2. Morphology: words and their structure. 3. Phonetics and Phonology: language sounds and sound systems. 4. Syntax: sentence structure 5. Semantics and Pragmatics: meaning and context 6. Language variation. 7. Language change. 8. Language acquisition 9. Language pathologies 10. Language and the brain Furthermore, the course provides guidance on how to plan & write an essay as well as other assessment methods, and on how to prepare effectively for examinations.
  • QXL-1112: Language, Literature & Culture (20) (Semester 2)
    1. the relationship between language, culture and thought processes, 2. the relationship between language and identity, 3. the structures of bilingual societies, 4. the different manifestations of multilingualism, particularly in relation to the concepts of bilingualism and diglossia, 5. the cultural, political, and anthropological issues surrounding minority languages & language policy.
  • LXE-1600: Transnational Cultures (20) (Semester 2)
  • LXE-1700: Creating National Histories (20) (Semester 1)

60 credits from:

  • HPS-1004: Death of God (20) (Semester 2)
  • HPS-1005: Existentialism (20) (Semester 1)
  • HPS-1007: Islam:Hist, Soc and Beliefs (20) (Semester 1)
  • VPR-1105: Ethics: Religious Perspectives (20) (Semester 2)
    The module will begin with a discussion of the origin of ethics and will examine some of the relevant survivng materials relevant to the subject from the great civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt (including the stories about heroes who exemplified the kind of virtues most admired, and the legal codes which defined acceptable and unacceptable conduct). The module will then examine the ethical values of the Jewish religion, as reflected in the Old Testament, and the ethical values of the Christian tradition as reflected in the New Testament. This will be followed by an overview of ethical concerns in the Buddhist tradition. The module will conclude with an examination of the ‘divine command’ theory of ethics and will consider to what extent the moral good should be identified with God’s will or God’s command.
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    VPC-1105: Moeseg: Agweddau Crefyddol (20) (Semester 2)
    Bydd y modiwl yn dechrau gyda thrafodaeth ar darddiad moeseg a bydd yn edrych ar beth o'r deunyddiau perthnasol i'r pwnc sydd wedi goroesi o ddiwylliannau mawr Mesopotamia a'r Aifft (yn cynnwys storïau am arwyr a ymgorfforai'r rhinweddau a edmygid fwyaf, a'r codau cyfreithiol a ddiffiniai ymddygiad derbyniol ac annerbyniol). Bydd y modiwl wedyn yn archwilio gwerthoedd moesegol y grefydd Iddewig, fel yr adlewyrchir hwynt yn yr Hen Destament, a gwerthoedd moesegol y traddodiad Cristnogol, fel yr adlewyrchir hwynt yn y Testament Newydd. Yn dilyn hynny ceir golwg gyffredinol ar faterion moesegol sy'n gysylltiedig â'r traddodiad Bwdistaidd. Daw'r modiwl i'w derfyn drwy edrych ar ddamcaniaeth foesegol 'gorchymyn dwyfol', a bydd yn ystyried i ba raddau y dylid uniaethu daioni moesol ag ewyllys Duw neu orchymyn Duw.
  • VPR-1106: Intro: Judaism & Christianity (20) (Semester 1)
    The module outlines of some of the basic tenets of the Jewish faith as reflected in the Old Testament and the Christian faith as reflected in the New Testament. Among issues considered will be the contribution to the Jewish faith by the rabbis and the controversies faced by Judaism over the centuries, culminating in a discussion of issues relating to the holocaust. Among Jewish philosophers discussed will be Maimonides and Martin Buber. The modules will then turn to the Christian faith and will examine some of the theological issues arising from the New Testament, with a particular focus on Paul’s theology and the Early Church Fathers, such as Origen and Eusebius. There will also be a discussion of a representative sample of major Christian thinkers over the centuries.
  • VPR-1110: Themes - Eastern Religion/Phil (20) (Semester 2)
    This module offers an introduction to the philosophical and religious development of key eastern religious traditions - Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Shinto – and provides a detailed overview of their origins, histories, doctrines and scriptures. In order to explore a wide spectrum of religious and philosophical beliefs, the following will be considered teaching priorities: (1) Survey of the beliefs and practices of six Eastern religions and philosophies; (2) understand the multifaceted religious heritage of the six Eastern religions – from the pre-modern era to contemporary religious practice; (3) Examination of the mutual influences and intersections of the Eastern religions and philosophies and how they interact with other elements of Eastern culture and society; (4) Deconstruct the East and West meeting points, focusing on the spread and influence of Eastern religion and philosophy in the West.
  • VPR-1300: Intro to Philosophy of Religio (20) (Semester 1)
    The module begins by clarifying the state of the analytic philosophy of religion at the turn of the 20th century, reflecting upon its inheritance of 19th century ‘modernity’. This is contrasted with some concurrent developments in the continental tradition (German Romanticism, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche). This is the context from which, and into which, Wittgenstein speaks. We will cover the early, middle, and late eras of Wittgenstein’s thought, and show the revolutionary impact that his thought had for the philosophy of religion. We track the various directions in which Wittgenstein’s influence was felt; for example, in A. J. Ayer’s verificationism, or those overtly ‘Wittgensteinian’ philosophers of religion such as D. Z. Phillips. The ‘meta-philosophy of religion’ is introduced throughout, as we tackle the question of how best to philosophise about religion.
  • VPR-1301: Introduction to Logic (20) (Semester 2)
  • VPC-1303: Cyflwyniad i Gristnogaeth (20) (Semester 1)

Year 2 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • LZS-2040: Spanish Language 1 (40) Core
    This module comprises two text-based written language classes and one class which focuses on the development of oral and aural communicative skills. In the first written language class, students concentrate on translation, paraphrasing, reading comprehension exercises and report writing, while grammar revision and consolidation forms the focus of hour 2. In hour 3, students are exposed to a variety of audio visual material and are required to participate in class discussions and debates. No set text is given for this language module. Any other learning resources: Students are given two module dossiers at the beginning of the year containing all the necessary materials for their classes. Students have to complete the School’s Self-Study Portfolio (available from SMLC website).
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    LCS-2040: Iaith Sbaeneg 1 (40) Core
    Mae'r modiwl hwn yn cynnwys dau ddosbarth ysgrifennu sy'n seiliedig ar destunau ac un dosbarth sy'n canolbwyntio ar ddatblygu sgiliau cyfathrebu llafar a chlywedol. Yn y dosbarth ysgrifennu cyntaf, bydd myfyrwyr yn canolbwyntio ar gyfieithu, aralleirio, ymarferion darllen a deall ac ysgrifennu adroddiadau. Bydd yr ail ddosbarth yn canolbwyntio ar adolygu a chyfnerthu elfennau gramadegol. Yn y trydydd dosbarth, bydd myfyrwyr yn gwylio a gwrando ar amrywiaeth o ddeunydd clyweled ac yna bydd gofyn iddynt gymryd rhan mewn trafodaethau dosbarth. Bydd pedwerydd dosbarth i gyn-ddechreuwyr yn unig yn canolbwyntio ar sgiliau cyfathrebu ysgrifenedig a thasgau gwylio a deall tapiau fideo.

Semester 2

  • LZS-2040: Spanish Language 1
    This module comprises two text-based written language classes and one class which focuses on the development of oral and aural communicative skills. In the first written language class, students concentrate on translation, paraphrasing, reading comprehension exercises and report writing, while grammar revision and consolidation forms the focus of hour 2. In hour 3, students are exposed to a variety of audio visual material and are required to participate in class discussions and debates. No set text is given for this language module. Any other learning resources: Students are given two module dossiers at the beginning of the year containing all the necessary materials for their classes. Students have to complete the School’s Self-Study Portfolio (available from SMLC website).
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    LCS-2040: Iaith Sbaeneg 1
    Mae'r modiwl hwn yn cynnwys dau ddosbarth ysgrifennu sy'n seiliedig ar destunau ac un dosbarth sy'n canolbwyntio ar ddatblygu sgiliau cyfathrebu llafar a chlywedol. Yn y dosbarth ysgrifennu cyntaf, bydd myfyrwyr yn canolbwyntio ar gyfieithu, aralleirio, ymarferion darllen a deall ac ysgrifennu adroddiadau. Bydd yr ail ddosbarth yn canolbwyntio ar adolygu a chyfnerthu elfennau gramadegol. Yn y trydydd dosbarth, bydd myfyrwyr yn gwylio a gwrando ar amrywiaeth o ddeunydd clyweled ac yna bydd gofyn iddynt gymryd rhan mewn trafodaethau dosbarth. Bydd pedwerydd dosbarth i gyn-ddechreuwyr yn unig yn canolbwyntio ar sgiliau cyfathrebu ysgrifenedig a thasgau gwylio a deall tapiau fideo.

Optional Modules

20 credits from:

  • LXE-2011: Discovering Cities (20) (Semester 1)
  • LXS-2024: History of Galicia (20) (Semester 1)
    During this course, you will be introduced to the history of Galicia, from its pre-history through to the creation of the autonomous community that it is today. While attention is paid to Galicia’s pre-history (in connection with the concept of Celtic roots and its evolution and manipulation for Galicia’s historical identity) and the Middle Ages, the module will concentrate largely on the history of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries with particular focus on the emergence of the idea of nationhood, political activism, and cultural production in Galicia. Key historical texts will be analysed for each period covered. Books: De la Granja, José Luis; Beramendi, Justo; Anguera, Pere, La España de los nacionalismos y las autonomías (Madrid: Editorial Síntesis, 2001). Gemie, Sharif, Galicia, A Concise History (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2006). King, Stewart, Beyond the periphery : narratives of identity in the Basque country, Catalonia and Galicia = Más allá de la periferia : narrativas de identidad en Cataluña, Galicia y el País Vasco. (Australia : Antípodas, 2007). Miguélez-Carballeira, Helena, Galicia, a Sentimental Nation: Gender, Culture, Politics (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2013). Romero, Eugenia R., Contemporary Galician culture in a global context: movable identities (Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2012). Villares, Ramón, Historia de Galicia (Madrid: Alianza Editorial, 2004). Webpages: The research project ‘Voces e nomes’: http://www.nomesevoces.net/ Articles: Lourenzo Prieto, Lourenzo, ‘Interpreting Galician History: The Recent Construction of an Unknown Past’ in Contemporary Galician Cultural Studies: Between the Local and the Global, ed. by Hooper & Puga (New York: MLA, 2011). Cazorla-Sánchez, Antonio, ‘At Peace with the Past: Explaining the Spanish Civil War in the Basque Country, Catalonia, and Galicia’, in Teaching Representations of the Spanish Civil War, ed. by Valis (New York: Modern Language Association, 2007). Rίos Bergantiños, Noa, ‘Contemporary Galizan Politics: The End of a Cycle?’, in A Companion to Galician Culture, ed. by Miguélez-Carballeira. (Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2014).
  • LXE-2025: Reading Fantastic Literatures (20) (Semester 2)
  • LXS-2028: Galician I (20) (Semester 1)
    This module involves an introduction to Galician through the study of key areas of grammar (verbal tenses, nouns, adjectives, prepositions, etc.), idiomatic register, and general vocabulary. Through selected in-class texts, students will also be introduced to Galician culture, literature, and sociolinguistics. The course is highly recommended for students who intend to do their year abroad (or part of it) in the historical city of Santiago de Compostela (the capital of Galicia) and its university or the cities of Vigo and A Coruña. Books: Boullón Agrelo, Ana; Monteagudo Romero, Henrique; García Cancela, Xermán, Diccionario normativo Galego-Castelán (Vigo: Galaxia, 1994). Gómez Guinovart, Xavier, Dicionario moderno inglés-galego (Vigo: 2.0 editora, 2012). Normas ortográficas e morfolóxicas do idioma galego (Vigo: Real Academia Galega & Instituto da Lingua Galega, 2004). Pérez Barreiro, Servando, Dicionario completo galego-inglés, inglés-galego (Vigo: Cardeñoso). Webpages: Dictionary English-Galician, Galego-Inglés: http://sli.uvigo.es/dicionario/index.html Galician dictionary by the Real Academia Galega: http://www.realacademiagalega.org Linguakit: https://linguakit.com/full_analysis Articles: O’Rourke, Bernadette, ‘The Galician Language in the Twenty-First Century’, in A Companion to Galician Culture, ed. by Helena Miguélez-Carballeira (London: Tamesis, 2014), pp.73-92. Thompson, John Patrick, ‘Portuguese or Spanish Orthography for the Galizan Language? An analysis of the Conflito Normativo’, in Contemporary Galician Cultural Studies: between the local and the global, ed. by Kirsty Hopper & Manuel Puga Moruxa (New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2011), pp. 143-165.
  • LXS-2029: Galician II (20) (Semester 2)
    This module aims to consolidate the students' previously acquired basic knowledge of the Galician language through the study of advanced areas of grammar (verbal tenses and moods, discursive links, etc), idiomatic register, and general vocabulary. Through selected in-class texts, students will also be introduced to Galician culture, literature, and sociolinguistics. The course is highly recommended for students who intend to do their year abroad (or part of it) in the historical city of Santiago de Compostela (the capital of Galicia) and its university. Books: Boullón Agrelo, Ana; Monteagudo Romero, Henrique; García Cancela, Xermán, Diccionario normativo Galego-Castelán (Vigo: Galaxia, 1994). Gómez Guinovart, Xavier, Dicionario moderno inglés-galego (Vigo: 2.0 editora, 2012) Miguélez-Carballeira, Helena (ed), A Companion to Galician Culture (Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2014). Normas ortográficas e morfolóxicas do idioma galego (Vigo: Real Academia Galega & Instituto da Lingua Galega, 2004). Pérez Barreiro, Servando, Dicionario completo galego-inglés, inglés-galego (Vigo: Cardeñoso). Webpages: Dictionary English-Galician, Galego-Inglés: http://sli.uvigo.es/dicionario/index.html Galician dictionary by the Real Academia Galega: http://www.realacademiagalega.org Linguakit: https://linguakit.com/full_analysis Online newspaper Novas da Galiza: http://www.novasgz.com/ Online newspaper Praza Pública: http://praza.com/ Online newspaper Sermos Galiza: http://www.sermosgaliza.com/ Online TV Ano Cero: http://galizaanocero.tv/ Online TV Irmandade TV: http://www.irmandade.tv/ Radio Televisión de Galicia: http://www.crtvg.es
  • LXS-2033: The Cinema of Spain (20) (Semester 2)
    Spanish cinema and its pioneers Neorealism and political dissent in the 1950s (Luís Buñuel, Viridiana) Art house cinema in the 1960s (Víctor Erice, El espirítu de la colmena) The cinema of the transition: the `disenchantment¿ Popular genres in post-Franco Spain The Spanish film industry in the 1980s and 1990s Gender and sexuality is post-Franco cinema (Pedro Almodóvar, Hable con ella) Catalan and Basque cinema (Julio Medem, Tierra) The internationalization of Spanish cinema (Alejandro Amenábar, Mar adentro) Social realism at the turn of the century (Fernando León, Los lunes al sol) Women in contemporary Spanish cinema (Icíar Bollaín, Te doy mis ojos) The films are available in the School of Modern Languages DVD library. Primary Films: Luis Buñuel, Viridiana (1961) Víctor Erice, El espíritu de la colmena (1973) Pedro Almodóvar, Volver (2006) Agustí Villaronga, Pa negre (2010) Icíar Bollaín, Te doy mis ojos (2003) Recommended reading: Bentley Bernard P. E., A Companion to Spanish Cinema (London: Tamesis, 2008) Caparrós Lera, José María, El cine español de la democracia: de la muerte de Franco al "cambio" socialista (1975-1989) (Barcelona: Anthropos, 1992) Deveny, Thomas, Cain on Screen: Contemporary Spanish Cinema (Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 1999) D'Lugo, Marvin, Guide to the Cinema of Spain (Westport: Greenwood Press, 1997) Fiddian, Robin W. and Peter W. Evans, Challenges to Authority: Fiction and Film in Contemporary Spain (London: Tamesis Books, 1988) Jordan, Barry and Rikki Morgan-Tamosunas, Contemporary Spanish Cinema (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1998) Pavlovi, Tatjana, 100 years of Spanish Cinema (Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) Triana-Toribio, Nuria, Spanish National Cinema (London: Routledge, 2003) Resina Joan Ramon (ed.), Burning Darkness: a Half Century of Spanish Cinema, ed. (Albany: SUNY Press, 2008)

60 credits from:

  • HAC-2002: Addysg yn y Gymru Gyfoes (20) (Semester 1)
  • SXU-2002: Contemporary Social Debates (20) (Semester 1)
    There will be no set curriculum - rather this will emerge each time the module is taught depending on staff and student interests. The approach adopted will be to devote the first workshop to identifying themes and issues to be addressed, and to draw up the curriculum for that academic session in collaboration between staff and students. The workshop style of teaching and learning will allow emerging issues and contemporary debates to be addressed. Possible topics to be covered: Should drugs be legalised? Social control and the media Thinking critically about criminology Should there be a sociology of the environment? Exploring disaster capitalism Girls will be girls and boys will be boys – debunking the myth of gender. Exploring the relationship between inequality and capitalism Radicalisation, immigration, identity and racism. The Arab Spring Riots and civil liberties Thinking beyond the norm – the rationalization of ‘them’ and ‘us’
  • HPS-2008: Sociology of Religion (20) (Semester 2)
  • HAC-2009: Cymdeithas, Iaith a Phrotest (20) (Semester 2)
  • HPS-2011: Paradoxes of Self: Nietz./Jung (20) (Semester 1)
  • SXS-2035: Classical Social Theory (20) (Semester 1)
    The module introduces the classic contributions of Marx, Tocqueville, Tonnies, Weber, Durkheim and Simmel and the development of their thinking concerning modernity, capitalism, rationalisation and bureaucracy, and the question of moral and social order. The module then considers how the classic tradition has been transformed and new paths have been pursued in the contexts of Parsons' 'system theory', symbolic interactionism, critical theory and feminist social theory.
  • HTH-2163: Nazi Germany 1933-1945 (20) (Semester 1)
  • VPR-2202: Applied Ethics (20) (Semester 1)
    The module will begin with a brief outline of the various ethical challenges which face contemporary society. It will then consider the following issues: (a) world poverty (is it the responsibility of individuals or governments or both to alleviate world poverty?); (b) the arguments justifying an environmental ethic; ethical considerations to be considered in the case of voluntary and non-voluntary euthanasia; the issue of abortion and the notion of reverence for human life; war and peace (the just war theory; ethics and nuclear weapons etc).
  • VPR-2219: Comp. Philosophy: East/West (20) (Semester 2)
    This module seeks to explore two distinct philosophical traditions: Eastern and Western. Framing the module in a comparative way enables students to identify key relationships and differences that relate to major philosophical themes. In particular, the module begins by defining the comparative philosophical approach, which will be used throughout the course as the means to study the East and the West. The vast majority of the module will be dedicated to examining different metaphysical and ethical concerns. The module will explore several key thematic notions: (1) Reason and Faith (ignorance, knowledge, causation, scepticism, revelation and divinity); (2) Reality (origins, existence, monism, dualism, pluralism and naturalism); (3) Virtue (tradition, divinity, rites, human nature and altruism); (4) Mind (enlightenment, emptiness, transcendence, introspection and immanence).
  • VPR-2300: Ancient Philosophy (20) (Semester 1)
    This module provides a broad overview of, and introduction to, ancient philosophy in the Western tradition. It will cover, mainly in chronological order, the entirety of the ‘ancient’ philosophical era, beginning with the pre-Socratics, moving through Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and onwards to Stoicism, some key Roman philosophers, and Neo-Platonism. Emphasis will be put on the connections between ancient philosophy and later philosophical or religious developments, and on the influence that ancient philosophy has had on human thought generally. Historical narrative detail will be included where relevant (e.g., Socrates’ death, the Peloponnesian War, Aristotle and Alexander the Great, etc.) to provide context. Significant emphasis will be placed on the continued relevance that ancient philosophical schools can have for our modern lives, enabling us to overcome adversity and ‘live well’.
  • VPR-2301: 20th Century Phil of Religion (20) (Semester 2)
    The module begins by clarifying the state of the analytic philosophy of religion at the turn of the 20th century, reflecting upon its inheritance of 19th century ‘modernity’. This is contrasted with some concurrent developments in the continental tradition (German Romanticism, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche). This is the context from which, and into which, Wittgenstein speaks. We will cover the early, middle, and late eras of Wittgenstein’s thought, and show the revolutionary impact that his thought had for the philosophy of religion. We track the various directions in which Wittgenstein’s influence was felt; for example, in A. J. Ayer’s verificationism, or those overtly ‘Wittgensteinian’ philosophers of religion such as D. Z. Phillips. The ‘meta-philosophy of religion’ is introduced throughout, as we tackle the question of how best to philosophise about religion.
  • VPR-2302: Faith and Reason (20) (Semester 2)
    The module is composed of two parts, each looking at the interaction of ‘faith’ and ‘reason’. In the first part, I construct a narrative regarding the origins of our modern conception of ‘reason’, contrasting this with our conception of what it is to have ‘faith’. This narrative begins with Francis Bacon and (which is the more usual philosophical starting point) Descartes. I develop this through certain key thinkers of the modern period (Spinoza, Locke, Hume), concluding with the 19th century’s conception of ‘natural theology’. I press the case that a certain conception of ‘reason’ squeezed ‘faith’ out of the picture (along with a great deal of other meaningful dimensions of human life), prompting us to ask whether we must hold to the traditional conception of ‘reason’ at any cost. The second part of the module looks at contemporary examples of the interaction of ‘reason’ and ‘faith’, in the form of the interaction of science and religion. We consider examples of science being used to support religion (‘Intelligent Design’, the ‘Fine Tuning’ argument), and to debunk religion (evolution, the cognitive science of religion), and ask whether science and religion must necessarily be in conflict with each other. No prior philosophical or scientific knowledge is presumed. A brief introduction to quantum theory will be included.
  • VPR-2303: Immanuel Kant (20) (Semester 1)
    This module provides an introduction to the thought of Immanuel Kant. It covers his contributions to metaphysics and epistemology, by discussing his ‘transcendental idealism’. It covers Kant’s significant contributions to ethics, introducing the various formulations of his ‘categorical imperative’. It covers his contributions to the philosophy of religion, in particular his moral argument for belief in God. Throughout the module, I place Kant in the context of the history of philosophy, identifying those key aspects of philosophy to which Kant was responding (i.e., rationalism and empiricism), and those philosophers whose work was shaped by Kant’s legacy. Finally, we reflect on the place Kant’s thought holds in contemporary philosophy, particularly moral philosophy.
  • VPR-2305: Hinduism in the Modern World (20) (Semester 1)
  • VPR-2408: Religious Education (20) (Semester 2) or
    VPC-2408: Addysg Grefyddol (20) (Semester 2)

Year 4 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • LZS-3030: Spanish Language 2 (30) Core
    This 30 credit module running throughout the year promotes appropriate use of style and register in all written and oral work and ensures that students can deal with variations in register and idiomatic expression in a confident and accurate manner. Through exposure to selected texts, complex grammatical structures and audiovisual materials, students acquire reading, writing, aural and oral skills which match the required standard of final year linguists. No set text is given for this language module, although students are highly encouraged to purchase a copy of the following books for self-study: Butt, John and Carmen Benjamin (2011) A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish, London and Oxford: Arnold. Pountain, Christopher, Teresa de Carlos and Angela Howkins (2011) Practicing Spanish Grammar: A Workbook, London & Oxford: Arnold. Any other learning resources: Students are given two module dossiers at the beginning of the year containing all the necessary materials for their classes. Students are encouraged to complete the School’s Self-Study Portfolio (available from SMLC website)
    or
    LCS-3030: Iaith Sbaeneg 2 (30) Core
    Nod y modiwl 30 credyd hwn sy'n para trwy'r flwyddyn yw hyrwyddo defnydd priodol o arddull a chywair ym mhob darn o waith ysgrifenedig a sicrhau bod myfyrwyr yn gallu ymdrin ag amrywiadau cywair a mynegiant idiomatig mewn modd hyderus a chywir. Trwy ddarllen testunau amrywiol a gweld strwythurau gramadegol cymhleth, disgwylir i fyfyrwyr feithrin sgiliau darllen ac ysgrifennu sy'n cyfateb i safon myfyrwyr yn eu blwyddyn olaf.

Semester 2

  • LZS-3030: Spanish Language 2
    This 30 credit module running throughout the year promotes appropriate use of style and register in all written and oral work and ensures that students can deal with variations in register and idiomatic expression in a confident and accurate manner. Through exposure to selected texts, complex grammatical structures and audiovisual materials, students acquire reading, writing, aural and oral skills which match the required standard of final year linguists. No set text is given for this language module, although students are highly encouraged to purchase a copy of the following books for self-study: Butt, John and Carmen Benjamin (2011) A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish, London and Oxford: Arnold. Pountain, Christopher, Teresa de Carlos and Angela Howkins (2011) Practicing Spanish Grammar: A Workbook, London & Oxford: Arnold. Any other learning resources: Students are given two module dossiers at the beginning of the year containing all the necessary materials for their classes. Students are encouraged to complete the School’s Self-Study Portfolio (available from SMLC website)
    or
    LCS-3030: Iaith Sbaeneg 2
    Nod y modiwl 30 credyd hwn sy'n para trwy'r flwyddyn yw hyrwyddo defnydd priodol o arddull a chywair ym mhob darn o waith ysgrifenedig a sicrhau bod myfyrwyr yn gallu ymdrin ag amrywiadau cywair a mynegiant idiomatig mewn modd hyderus a chywir. Trwy ddarllen testunau amrywiol a gweld strwythurau gramadegol cymhleth, disgwylir i fyfyrwyr feithrin sgiliau darllen ac ysgrifennu sy'n cyfateb i safon myfyrwyr yn eu blwyddyn olaf.

Optional Modules

30 credits from:

  • LXI-3011: Adaptations in European Cinema (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    During this course you will be introduced to issues relating to the re-use of tradition through the study of adaptations and/or recreations of literary texts, historical events or historical figures in Spanish and Italian cinema. You will thus become familiar with the socio-historical and ideological concerns that characterise contemporary Spain and Italy and you will reflect on the importance of film as a cultural medium. Primary sources: Films - Bernardo Bertolucci, 'Spider's Stratagem' (1969) - Vittorio De Sica, 'The Garden of the Finzi-Continis' (1970) - Francesco Rosi, 'Carmen' (1984) - Carlos Saura, 'Carmen' (1983) - Film and literary adaptions of the myth of Pygmalion - David Trueba, 'Soldados de Salamina' (2003) Primary sources: Texts ** A Dossier with all compulsory reading material (including short primary sources and required critical reading for seminars) will be made available from SMLC office in week 1. - Borges, Jorge Luis, "Theme of the Traitor and the Hero" in 'Labyrinths' (Penguin Books, 1970) [in dossier] - Bassani, Giorgio, 'The Garden of the Finzi-Continis' (Quartet Books, 1997) or Bassani, Giorgio 'Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini' (Einaudi, 1999) - Bizet, Georges, 'Carmen', libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy with English [in dossier] - Mérimée, Prosper, 'Carmen' trans. by Nicholas Jotcham (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1998) [in dossier] - Quim Monzó, ‘Pigmalió’, in El perquè de toto plegat (Quaderns Crema, 1993). - Javier Cercas, 'Soldados de Salamina' (Tusqusts Editores, 2003); 'Soldiers of Salamis' (Bloomsbury, 2003)
  • LXS-3034: Spain through its Writers (20) (Semester 1)
    This module will explore how images of Spain as seen through its writers have changed over the past 100 years, by focusing on the genre of Travel Writing. It will start by providing an overview on the conventions of the genre, both in general and with a particular focus on travelogues by Spanish writers. Subsequently, students will read a series of selected extracts from different texts, which will be commented and analysed in the classroom. Although a selection of extracts will be provided, some of them will constitute compulsory reading. The first section will focus on the pre-Civil War period through the following indicative themes: the use of landscape in the construction of national identity (Azorín), travel writing as an initiation into literature (García Lorca) and the contrast between Spain and Europe (Julio Camba). The second part of the module will focus on the literary representations of Spain during the Francoist period, starting with the view of Catalunya, Galicia and Andalucía provided by Falangist writer Ernesto Giménez Caballero. This period also saw the publication of one of the milestones of the genre in Spanish literature, Viaje a la Alcarria by Nobel Prize winner Camilo José Cela, in which the author provides a personal account of rural Spain. By contrast, Ignacio Aldecoa’s travel writing aims to show a more realistic view of the situation of Spain during the dictatorship. Finally, the module will explore representations of Spain during the democratic period, starting with Julio Llamazares’ use of memory politics in his travel writing and Alfonso Armada’s texts on the touristification of Spain. Finally, Luisa Castro’s Viajes con mi padre will be studied as an example of travel writing as confessional journey.
  • LXS-3041: Iberian Identities on Screen (20) (Semester 2)
    The module will cover the following topics: 1) Theorising national cinema: key concepts; 2) Challenging the hegemonic gaze: the Barcelona School of Film; 3) Staging Identity: Adaptations of theatre and the novel 4) Re-mapping the urban landscape: the films of Ventura Pons; 5) Female Subjectivity and Authorship in Sílvia Munt’s Gala (2003); 6) Monstrous Identities: containing illness and sexual deviance in El mar by Agustí Villaronga; 7) Trauma in Elisa K by Judith Colell and Jordi Cadena; 8) The New Documentary: Memory and Reconstruction; 9) Beyond National Boundaries: Transnationalism and Multilingualism in Els nens salvatges by Patricia Ferreira ; 10) New Directions: science fiction and the horror genre; and 11) Scene-Analysis (one-hour in-class assessment) & Revision and Essay Preparation. Core films: Delete Nedar by Carla Subirana
  • LXE-3101: Approaching Translation (10) (Semester 2)
    This module aims to further develop and consolidate translation skills students have acquired in their language courses. By approaching translation as a process, it examines translation at different textual levels, from the lexico-grammatical level such as words and grammar, to the textual-pragmatic level such as cohesion, register and text types. It provides students with a framework to reflect on the translational difficulties in their chosen language pairs and explore strategies and their implications. Key texts Baker, Mona. In Other Words: A Coursebook on Translation, 2nd edition (London: Routledge, 2011). Hatim, Basil and Munday, Jeremy. Translation: an Advanced Resource Book (London: Routledge, 2004). Students will also require language specific resources such as a bilingual and monolingual dictionaries.
    or
    LCE-3101: Trin a Thrafod Cyfieithu (10) (Semester 2)
    Bwriad y modiwl hwn yw datblygu ac atgyfnerthu ymhellach sgiliau cyfieithu a enillwyd gan fyfyrwyr yn eu cyrsiau iaith. Trwy ystyried cyfieithu fel proses, mae'n craffu ar gyfieithu ar wahanol lefelau testunol, o lefel geiriau a gramadeg, i'r lefel destunol a phragmataidd sy'n ystyried cydlyniad, cywair a mathau o destun. Mae'n rhoi fframwaith i'r myfyrwyr i ystyried yr anawsterau cyfieithu yn y parau iaith a ddewiswyd ganddynt ac i ymchwilio i strategaethau a'u goblygiadau. Key texts Baker, Mona. In Other Words: A Coursebook on Translation, 2nd edition (London: Routledge, 2011). Hatim, Basil and Munday, Jeremy. Translation: an Advanced Resource Book (London: Routledge, 2004). Students will also require language specific resources such as a bilingual and monolingual dictionaries.
  • LXE-3102: Culture and the Body (10) (Semester 1)
  • LXE-3210: Press Dossier (10) (10) (Semester 1)
    This module provides students with the opportunity to examine a topical issue relevant to one or more countries/regions in which the target language is spoken. The chosen issue will be examined through the prism of the press and media, in order to develop an understanding not only of the specific issue in question, but also of the media landscape of the relevant society. The resulting dossier will comprise the analysis of contrasting media and press types in their coverage of the chosen topic, as well as an assessment of their importance in influencing public opinion. The dossier will be written in the target language, and should contain an appendix of materials which have been examined. Busà, M. Grazia, Introducing the Language of the News: a Student's Guide (London: Routledge, 2014) Stevenson, Nick, Understanding Media Cultures: Social Theory and Mass Communication (London; Thousand Oaks: Sage, 1995) Harrison, Martin, TV news, Whose Bias? : a Casebook Analysis of Strikes, Television and Media Studies (Hermitage, Berks.: Policy Journals, 1985) Stocchetti Matteo and Karin Kukkonen, Critical Media Analysis: an Introduction for Media Professionals (Frankfurt am Main ; New York: Peter Lang, 2011) Van Dijk, Teun A., Discourse and Communication: New Approaches to the Analysis of Mass Media Discourse and Communication (Berlin; New York: W. de Gruyter, 1985) Websites: This section of SMLC website lists some of the major newspaper, TV and radio sites in German, French, Spanish and Italian media: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/ml/uglinks.php
    or
    LCE-3210: Astudio'r Cyfryngau (S1) (10) (Semester 1)
    Mae'r modiwl hwn yn rhoi cyfle i fyfyrwyr astudio pwnc cyfoes sy'n berthnasol i un neu fwy o wledydd/rhanbarthau lle y siaredir yr iaith darged. Gwyntyllir y pwnc a ddewisir drwy brism y wasg a'r cyfryngau, er mwyn magu dealltwriaeth o'r pwnc penodol ond hefyd o'r cyhoeddiadau a chyfryngau sydd ar gael yn y gymdeithas dan sylw. Bydd yr adroddiad terfynol yn cynnwys dadansoddiad o sut y mae mathau cyferbyniol o gyhoeddiadau a chyfryngau yn ymdrin â'r pwnc, yn ogystal ag asesiad o'u pwysigrwydd wrth ddylanwadu ar farn y cyhoedd. Ysgrifennir yr adroddiad yn yr iaith darged, ac atodir y deunyddiau a drafodir wrtho. Busà, M. Grazia, Introducing the Language of the News: a Student's Guide (London: Routledge, 2014) Stevenson, Nick, Understanding Media Cultures: Social Theory and Mass Communication (London; Thousand Oaks: Sage, 1995) Harrison, Martin, TV news, Whose Bias? : a Casebook Analysis of Strikes, Television and Media Studies (Hermitage, Berks.: Policy Journals, 1985) Stocchetti Matteo and Karin Kukkonen, Critical Media Analysis: an Introduction for Media Professionals (Frankfurt am Main ; New York: Peter Lang, 2011) Van Dijk, Teun A., Discourse and Communication: New Approaches to the Analysis of Mass Media Discourse and Communication (Berlin; New York: W. de Gruyter, 1985) Websites: This section of SMLC website lists some of the major newspaper, TV and radio sites in German, French, Spanish and Italian media: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/ml/uglinks.php
  • LCS-3302: Patagonia Gyfoes (20) (Semester 2)
    Bwriad y modiwl hwn yw cyflwyno prif elfennau cymdeithas a diwylliant Patagonia gyfoes i fyfyrwyr israddedig drwy ddeunyddiau llenyddiaeth, ffilm a chyfryngau amrywiol. Edrychir ar gerrig milltir hanes yr ardal mewn perthynas â'r Ariannin ac America Ladin yn gyffredinol er mwyn meithrin dealltwriaeth feirniadol o ddatblygiad Patagonia hyd at y presennol. Trafodir yn y darlithoedd pynciau megis: Fforio Patagonia: 'darganfod' a mapio; Poblogaeth Patagonia: brodorion a mewnfudwyr; Iparraguirre a'i nofel La tierra del fuego; Patagonia a'r gwahanol ddychmygion: tlws y wladwriaeth, tirlun teithio i dramorwyr, tirlun teithio i Archentwyr, cerdyn post Patagonia ar ffilm; Realiti Patagonia a dilyniant gorthrwm; Cyfnod yr Adennill: lleisiau Patagonaidd, brodorion yn mynnu hawliau; Patagonia ar y newyddion.
  • LXE-3400: Joint Hons Diss (English) (10) (Semester 1 + 2) or
    LCE-3400: Traethawd Hir Cyd-A (Cym) (10) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • LXE-3444: Joint Hons Diss (Target Lang) (10) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Joint Hons. Students may only take ONE LXE module (does not include dissertation). A dissertation must be taken in ONE Joint Honours subject.

60 credits from:

  • HPS-3001: Work Placement - Semester 1 (20) (Semester 1) or
    HAC-3001: Lleoliad Gwaith - Semester 1 (20) (Semester 1)
  • HAC-3002: Addysg yn y Gymru Gyfoes (20) (Semester 1)
  • SXS-3003: Theorizing Society & Politics (20) (Semester 1)
    This module explores the origins, nature and significance of sociological theories and concepts developed in the 20th and 21st century. It examines the strengths and weaknesses of such approaches as critical theory (Adorno, Horkheimer, Marcuse et al) structuralism and neo-structuralism (Levi-Strauss, Foucault, Bourdieu), and feminist standpoint theory. It considers a range of theories which seek to address knowledge, power and subordination in terms of gender divisions and differences of class, race or sexuality. The module seeks to ask questions about the relationship between social theory, social action, sociological research and everyday life. This in turn encourages students to reflect on their own position as participants in social interaction.
  • HPS-3006: Dissertation (40) (Semester 1 + 2) or
    HAC-3006: Traethawd Hir (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • HPS-3008: Sociology of Religion (20) (Semester 2)
  • HPS-3011: Paradoxes of Self: Nietz..Jung (20) (Semester 1)
  • HTH-3163: Nazi Germany 1933-1945 (20) (Semester 1)
  • VPR-3302: Applied Ethics (20) (Semester 1)
    The module will begin with a brief outline of the various ethical challenges which face contemporary society. It will then consider the following issues: (a) world poverty (is it the responsibility of individuals or governments or both to alleviate world poverty?); (b) the arguments justifying an environmental ethic; ethical considerations to be considered in the case of voluntary and non-voluntary euthanasia; the issue of abortion the notion of reverence for human life; war and peace (the just war theory; ethics and nuclear weapons etc.)
  • VPR-3319: Comp. Philosophy: East/West (20) (Semester 2)
    This module seeks to explore two distinct philosophical traditions: Eastern and Western. Framing the module in a comparative way enables students to identify key relationships and differences that relate to major philosophical themes. In particular, the module begins by defining the comparative philosophical approach, which will be used throughout the course as the means to study the East and the West. The vast majority of the module will be dedicated to examining different metaphysical and ethical concerns. The module will explore several key thematic notions: (1) Reason and Faith (ignorance, knowledge, causation, scepticism, revelation and divinity); (2) Reality (origins, existence, monism, dualism, pluralism and naturalism); (3) Virtue (tradition, divinity, rites, human nature and altruism); (4) Mind (enlightenment, emptiness, transcendence, introspection and immanence).
  • VPR-3330: Ancient Philosophy (20) (Semester 1)
    This module provides a broad overview of, and introduction to, ancient philosophy in the Western tradition. It will cover, mainly in chronological order, the entirety of the ‘ancient’ philosophical era, beginning with the pre-Socratics, moving through Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and onwards to Stoicism, some key Roman philosophers, and Neo-Platonism. Emphasis will be put on the connections between ancient philosophy and later philosophical or religious developments, and on the influence that ancient philosophy has had on human thought generally. Historical narrative detail will be included where relevant (e.g., Socrates’ death, the Peloponnesian War, Aristotle and Alexander the Great, etc.) to provide context. Significant emphasis will be placed on the continued relevance that ancient philosophical schools can have for our modern lives, enabling us to overcome adversity and ‘live well’.
  • VPR-3331: 20th Century Phil of Religion (20) (Semester 2)
    The module begins by clarifying the state of the analytic philosophy of religion at the turn of the 20th century, reflecting upon its inheritance of 19th century ‘modernity’. This is contrasted with some concurrent developments in the continental tradition (German Romanticism, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche). This is the context from which, and into which, Wittgenstein speaks. We will cover the early, middle, and late eras of Wittgenstein’s thought, and show the revolutionary impact that his thought had for the philosophy of religion. We track the various directions in which Wittgenstein’s influence was felt; for example, in A. J. Ayer’s verificationism, or those overtly ‘Wittgensteinian’ philosophers of religion such as D. Z. Phillips. The ‘meta-philosophy of religion’ is introduced throughout, as we tackle the question of how best to philosophise about religion.
  • VPR-3332: Faith and Reason (20) (Semester 2)
    The module is composed of two parts, each looking at the interaction of ‘faith’ and ‘reason’. In the first part, I construct a narrative regarding the origins of our modern conception of ‘reason’, contrasting this with our conception of what it is to have ‘faith’. This narrative begins with Francis Bacon and (which is the more usual philosophical starting point) Descartes. I develop this through certain key thinkers of the modern period (Spinoza, Locke, Hume), concluding with the 19th century’s conception of ‘natural theology’. I press the case that a certain conception of ‘reason’ squeezed ‘faith’ out of the picture (along with a great deal of other meaningful dimensions of human life), prompting us to ask whether we must hold to the traditional conception of ‘reason’ at any cost. The second part of the module looks at contemporary examples of the interaction of ‘reason’ and ‘faith’, in the form of the interaction of science and religion. We consider examples of science being used to support religion (‘Intelligent Design’, the ‘Fine Tuning’ argument), and to debunk religion (evolution, the cognitive science of religion), and ask whether science and religion must necessarily be in conflict with each other. No prior philosophical or scientific knowledge is presumed. A brief introduction to quantum theory will be included.
  • VPR-3333: Immanuel Kant (20) (Semester 1)
    This module provides an introduction to the thought of Immanuel Kant. It covers his contributions to metaphysics and epistemology, by discussing his ‘transcendental idealism’. It covers Kant’s significant contributions to ethics, introducing the various formulations of his ‘categorical imperative’. It covers his contributions to the philosophy of religion, in particular his moral argument for belief in God. Throughout the module, I place Kant in the context of the history of philosophy, identifying those key aspects of philosophy to which Kant was responding (i.e., rationalism and empiricism), and those philosophers whose work was shaped by Kant’s legacy. Finally, we reflect on the place Kant’s thought holds in contemporary philosophy, particularly moral philosophy.
  • Students may choose whether to take the dissertation in Philosophy/Religion or their other subject