Business and Society in Latin America
(Economía y sociedad latinoamericanas)
- Code: SPA4LE055
- Extent: 4 ECTS (108 h)
- Timing: 7th Semester
- Language: Spanish
- Competence level: B2
- Level: professional studies
- Type: elective*
*required of students who have chosen compulsory Spanish
Spanish Business Communication (SPA4LE010) and Spanish Business Documents (SPA4LE046)
The course objective is to understand the special characteristics of Latin America: differences in geography, history, and social and economic life.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student
- becomes familiar with the distinctive features of Latin America: geographical differences, history, as well as economy, society and government
- acquires the skills to prepare presentations on the basis of information gathered from various oral and written sources
- can comprehend difficult Spanish texts, communicate their ideas fluently, as well as write summaries of newspaper articles in Spanish.
The course is divided to two parts:
Latin America's history, society and current affairs
Spanish Newspaper Texts: distinctive features and style of Spanish newspapers and preparations of reviews and summaries relating to these.
During the course the student seeks information through various media regarding the relations between Finland, Spain and Latin America.
The contents of the course are:
- history, society, economy and current situation of Latin America
- free Trade Agreements with Latin America: NAFTA, MERCOSUR, etc.
- the specific characteristics of the Hispanic press: style, features and journalistic criticism.
Teaching and learning methods
The course consists of contact hours and exercises, totaling 108 hours of study time.
Latin America: this part covers 54 h, including class and independent study, and spans the length of one period.
Contact hours 24 h (3 h / week)
Written exam 2 h.
Self-study, exercises and preparation for exam 27,5 h
Spanish Newspaper Texts: this part covers 54 h, including class and independent study. This part spans the length of one period.
Contact hours 24 h (3 h / week)
Written examination 2 h
Self-study, exercises and preparation for examination 27,5 h
Self-assessment of learning 1 h
Class exercises must be completed before the examinations.
Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
A student can demonstrate his or her equivalent language skills relating to the course objectives and content. This must be agreed upon with the teacher no later than two weeks before the course begins. Each student may attempt this only once in the period prior to the giving of the course. Evaluation is on a scale of 1-5.
Pedro Beltrán Herrera, Pasila
Vásquez, Germán & Marínez Díaz, Nelson 2009. Historia de América Latina. SGEL, Madrid.
Masoliver, Joaquín & Vidales, Carlos 2009. América Latina. Samfundslitteratur. Gylling.
Ángeles Albert, Maria & Ardanaz, Francisco 2009. Hispanoamérica, ayer y hoy: historia y arte, demografía,
Assessment criteria/scale 5-1.
|5 excellent||3 good||1 satisfactory|
Written exams 70 %
Written and oral exercises 30 %
The self-assessment of learning assignment does not impact your grade. The
assignment is the same for all courses/modules and your answers will be used
also for course/module development. The assignment is completed online in