Hispanic Studies and Politics

Entry Year:2019

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
LR24
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades ABB at A-Level. This must include at least one essay based A-Level in a humanities or social sciences subject. Applicants will also be expected to have a GCSE in a language or have experience of learning a language other than your mother tongue. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£16,200
Funding information
Hispanic Studies and Politics
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Overview

Develop high-level Spanish language skills and gain insight into the workings of today’s increasingly globalised world.

Taught jointly by the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film and the School of Politics and International Relations, this programme combines two different, but often complementary, areas of interest. No prior knowledge of Spanish is required.

You'll divide your time equally between the two subjects, with the flexibility to tailor your degree from a wide choice of modules.

You’ll learn to engage with political theories, ideas and ideologies, governments and institutions, and comparative politics.

From the regions of Spain to the diverse countries of Latin America, Hispanic Studies covers the history, politics, sport, literature and film of several nations. As the second most widely spoken language in the world, Spanish is an important tool for intercultural communication. You can also choose to learn Portuguese or Catalan.

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Structure

The Spanish language modules you take will depend on your entry level. We offer separate classes for beginner, post-A-level and native speakers.

Year 1

Compulsory

  • Critical Thinking and Writing for Modern Foreign Languages
  • Introduction to Hispanic Studies
  • Spanish language module (streamed according to entry level)
  • Thinking Politically: Introduction to concepts, theories and ideologies

Choose from

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Political Analysis

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Modern Political Thought 1
  • Spanish language module (streamed according to entry level)

Choose up to three from

  • Accountability and Complexity in British Government
  • Colonialism, Capitalism and Development
  • Comparative European Politics I - Context and Institutional Development
  • Comparative European Politics II - Issues and Performance
  • European Integration
  • International Relations Theory
  • Modern Political Thought 2
  • Modernity: Theories of State, Economy and Society
  • Political Research
  • Politics of International Law
  • Power and Legitimacy in British Politics
  • Power in Global Governance
  • Researching Everyday Politics
  • The International Politics of Security
  • The International Politics of the Developing World
  • US Politics
  • War in World Politics

Choose up to two from

  • Brazilian Cinema: The Social Tradition
  • Catalan Literature: An Introduction
  • Colonialism and Culture in Latin America
  • Cuban Poetry and Fiction: Post 1980
  • Culture and Society in Medieval Spain: Christian, Jews and Muslims
  • Introduction to Translation Studies: Catalan, Spanish, English
  • Introductory Catalan
  • Introductory Portuguese
  • Literature, Dictatorship and Cultural Memory in the Hispanic World
  • Modern Spanish Fiction
  • The Spanish Inquisition

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

  • Year abroad

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

Compulsory

  • Spanish language module (streamed according to entry level)

Choose up to four from from

  • Africa and International Politics
  • American Politics, Carceral State and Social Movements
  • British Economic and Social Policy Since 1945
  • Contemporary Russian Politics
  • Doing International Politics
  • Gender and Politics
  • Global Politics of Health and Disease
  • Globalisation: Issues and Debates
  • Justice in a Global City
  • Latin American Politics
  • Nationalism & Ethnicity in International Relations
  • Parliamentary Studies
  • Parliamentary Studies (Internship)
  • Political Violence and Liberal Modernity
  • Politics of South Asia
  • Populism in 21st Century Europe
  • Race and Racism in World Politics
  • Radical Politics
  • Slavery, Colonialism and Postcolonialism in African Cinema
  • The Politics of the Post-Colonial Middle East
  • US Foreign Policy
  • Utopia and Dystopia: Political, Economic and Literary Dreamworlds
  • War, Humour and Love in Medieval Spanish Literature

Choose one or two from

  • Advanced Oral Competence in Spanish
  • Catalan II Intensive
  • Cervantes and the Nature of Fiction
  • Languages in the Classroom: Teaching Spanish
  • Modern Languages Research Project
  • Modern Languages Research Project
  • Portuguese II Intensive
  • Slavery, Colonisation and Postcolonialism in African cinema
  • Spanish Translation: Theory and Practice
  • Subversive Humour in Modern Spanish and Latin American Literature and Film
  • The Mexican Revolution and its Aftermath

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year abroad

You have three options for how to spend your year abroad:

  • attending university
  • on a work placement with our support, or independently with our approval
  • teaching English as a foreign language assistant.

We have partner institutions in Spain (Almería, Barcelona, Madrid, Málaga, Murcia, Oviedo, Seville, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Valencia, and Vigo), Latin America (Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico) and Colombia (Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá).

Teaching

Teaching and learning

You'll receive approximately 16 hours of weekly contact time, in the form of lectures, seminar group sessions and language classes.

For every hour spent in class, you'll complete a further two to three hours of independent study.

Assessment

Assessment typically includes a combination of written exams and coursework, final-year dissertations, independent projects and creative journals.

Resources and facilities

The Schools offer excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • the Queen Mary library
  • the Multimedia Language Resource Centre, equipped with digital labs and resource rooms, teacher and student workstations, interactive whiteboards, and software for viewing live international satellite TV broadcasts
  • subscriptions to foreign newspapers and journals
  • language clubs and social activities, including film screenings, discussion groups and debates.
  • the Centre for European Research, which welcomes students and academics interested in learning and researching on all matters relating to Europe
  • the Mile End Institute, a major policy centre that specialises in contemporary British politics, featuring regular high-profile speakers.

Learn another language

If you’re interested in learning another language, you can sign up for a course at Queen Mary’s Language Centre, where you can choose from Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German or Japanese.

Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include at least one essay based A-Level in a humanities or social sciences subject. Applicants will also be expected to have a GCSE in a language or have experience of learning a language other than your mother tongue. Excludes General Studies and Critical Thinking.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include an essay based humanities or social sciences subject at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. For programmes with French, applicants must have studied French to at least GCSE level. For all other single and joint honours language programmes, experience of learning a language other than your mother tongue, and a demonstrable aptitude for language study are required. Applications are considered on a case by case basis, and we may request an interview. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

Hispanic Studies and Politics graduates are highly employable, with invaluable political knowledge and research, analytical and communication skills that open doors to a huge variety of roles. They move into domestic and international careers in government, translating, policy research, education, journalism, media, marketing and business.

Spanish is a major world language, spoken in Spain, South and Central America, and widespread in parts of North America.

Knowledge of the language and an understanding of Hispanic cultures gives our graduates a strong advantage in global job markets.

Recent graduates from Hispanic Studies and Politics have been hired by:

  • AMAR
  • House of Commons
  • Labour Party
  • PwC
  • Scodie Deyong
  • UK Home Office.

Career support

You’ll have access to bespoke careers support every step of your degree, including personal academic support from the Hispanic Studies and Politics Departments. You’ll benefit from regular careers events for language students, including a workshop for students returning from their year abroad, and a Make Languages Work For You speedmeet with alumni.

Our careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

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About the Schools

School of Languages Linguistics and Film

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is friendly and vibrant. Our students produce podcasts and short films, put on plays and liaise with writers and journalists.

We’re visited by poets, novelists and outside experts, and have strong links with London’s cultural institutions.

In the 2017 National Student Survey, French and Hispanic Studies received overall satisfaction ratings of 100 per cent – top in the UK. German was ranked first in London and Hispanic Studies and Russian in the top five by the Complete University Guide 2018.

School of Politics and International Relations

We’re a growing School invested in high-quality teaching, and we pride ourselves on our friendly and informal approach. Our London location is home to the nation’s Parliament, political think tanks and economic powerhouses, we host high-profile speakers, and we offer students regular contact with Westminster, Whitehall and the third sector.

Our staff are active researchers with diverse interests, from British politics to the Middle East, which is reflected in our teaching and the breadth of our programmes.

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