General Undergraduate Degree in Spanish LLCE (Language and Civilization)
The Center for Study and Research offers an Undergraduate degree in Spanish, which prepares students for teaching professions (primary school teacher, secondary school teacher) or to continue studies in a Sphanish Master's degree or cultural studies.
The Spanish department within the Nîmes multi-disciplinary approach aims to offer students wide reaching and detailed understanding of Spanish and Latin American culture from the Middle Ages to the present day, providing opportunities for career orientation towards both teaching and cultural activities (e.g. tourism).
Throughout the three years of the Undergraduate programme, strict parity is observed between courses dealing with Spain and Latin America.
Nîmes University Centre offers the following multidisciplinary options for the Spanish Undergraduate Degree:
- Spanish - minor English
- Spanish - minor History
- Spanish - minor Modern Letters
Students choose the minor subject in the first year and is followed throughout the three year course. The minor subject offers not only a wider cultural approach, but also a balanced training approach which is extremely useful when taking competitive entry examinations (IUFM, Capes and Agrégation). This polyvalence is unique in the region and is also highly valued in professional sectors such as tourism, translation or journalism.
Each of the 6 semesters of the spanish degree includes 2 Spanish modules (UE) (78 hours) and one minor module (78 hours) (English, History or Modern Letters), a methodolgy course and an optional portuguese course.
In the 1st year, the aim is to acquire linguistic bases
- Translation courses- into and from French (contemporary spanish and latin-american texts)
- In depth understanding of the country, geography and oral comprehension for understanding cultural reality
The same importance is given to studying literature and civilisation (contemporary, Spanish and Latin American). Importance is placed on acquiring the necessary tools for explaining and commenting texts.
The 2nd year offers a deeper approach:
It follows a basic curriculum in grammar and linguistics. History of the language is studied as an initial approach to the history of grammar.
In depth study of complete works enables practical application of the methodology of analysis and dissertation.
This work focuses on the civilisation and literature from colonisation to independence of Latin America, from the Middle Ages to the end of the Spanish Golden Century.
Civilisation is also systematically referred to through the study of artistic productions specific to each country and each of the periods studied, from Medieval art to contemporary art and including Baroque painting, pre-Columbian architecture, and Latin American musical culture.
In the 3rd year :
Civilisation and literature courses, supported by intensive practice of the language, are specifically aimed at preparing future teachers. The development of translation skills is pursued and refined through work on various literary genres and specific language elements.
Students are immersed in the creative atmosphere of a myriad of literary works and provided with the techniques to prepare for the various competitive examinations for teacher training courses. With reference to Latin American and Spanish civilisation, the point of view studied is mainly political but economic and social questions also hold a central place in the debates.
The importance given throughout the year to studying artistic works in relation and reference to historical periods and events and literary production is aimed at providing students with an in-depth and broad understanding of the Spanish and Latin American cultural heritage. Study of Spanish and Latin American film productions is based on a specific method of detailed analysis of each sequence, establishing related vocabulary and debating on the notions of representation, identity and stereotypes, with reference to different cinema approaches and languages.