Spanish Culture and Society





Offered by

Global Business Engineering




Admission requirements for the Global Business Engineering Programme.

For international students at least one year of Spanish at high school level or an equivalent background. I.e. level A1, DELE[45] certificate. Documentation is required.

The course must be passed before the limit set in the course curriculum.

Main purpose

The purpose of this course is to develop the students’ language proficiency in Spanish.  Besides, the aim is to develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of cultural, social, and political issues in Spain as well as in other Spanish-speaking areas of the world.


After the course the students should have knowledge about, understand and reflect on
  • the Spanish language, including syntax, phonetics, grammar, and semantics
  • historical, social, cultural, and political conditions in Spanish-speaking areas.


After the course the students should be able to:
  • communicate reasonably well in Spanish
  • understand spoken Spanish
  • read, understand and discuss authentic texts in Spanish about cultural, social or political issues
  • make presentations on cultural, social or political issues
  • write simple texts in Spanish
  • search information in Spanish on cultural, social and political issues and to present the results of this in Spanish.


After the course the students should to a certain extent, be able to:
  • communicate in a clear language, orally and in writing, in an international context
  • function and cooperate with people with different educational, language, and cultural backgrounds
  • structure own learning in an effective way and critically acquire new knowledge within relevant engineering areas
  • use the knowledge of the Spanish language and the Spanish society as well as the Spanish-speaking areas in practice in an international context.


Teaching methods and study activities

The semester workload (5 ECTS) corresponds to approx. 137 hours of student work comprising compulsory written and oral assignments, compulsory presentations of self-studied subjects as well as various grammar exercises.

Participation of lecturer and students
Initiated by the lecturer
48  hours - 35%
  • Lessons, scheduled
  • Excursions
  • Introduction to written assignments and feedback
  • Semester tests
  • Feedback project work
  • Exams and tests

Participation of students
Initiated by the lecturer
60 hours - 42%
  • Assignments, self-study
  • Project and group work
  • Homework for lessons
  • Selected exercises
  • Preparation for exams

Participation of students
Initiated by students
24 hours - 17 %
  • Self-study
  • Project work
  • Study groups
  • Literature search
  • Exam preparation

Participation of lecturer and students 
initiated by students
6 hours - 4 %
  • Meetings?
  • Study guidance



  • “En el mundo hispánico” (MH) (Francisco J. Uriz, Birgit Harling) (Chancerel) 2008
  • “450 ejercicios gramaticales” (Aquilino Sánchez, Pascual Cantos Gómez) (SGEL)

Diccionario recomendado:

  • “Clave – Diccionario de uso del español actual” (sm)

Handouts: Articles from newspapers, magazines and the Internet.


Admission to the examination is in condition that:
  • A number of individual compulsory written assignments, stipulated by the lecturer at semester start, are handed in and approved within the stipulated deadlines
  • One individual oral presentation has been made and approved. Duration (grading included): Approx. 20 min.


​Individual oral examination

The examination is composed of an unknown text and questions in relation to the topics of the course.

Preparation time 40 minutes.

Allowed tools: All

External examiner.

Please note that re-examinations may take a different form than the ordinary exams.

The course must be passed before the limit set in the course curriculum.

Grading criteria


Additional information



Marianne Lippert

Valid from

8/1/2018 12:00:00 AM

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