MASTER Languages, Litterature and Foreign Civilisations SPECIALTY Iberian and Latin-American Studies

The Master’s offers students a choice of two distinct programmes, with two separate study paths and two different options:
- teaching the Spanish language and Hispanic and Latin-American cultures;
- research in the field of Spanish and Latin-American cultural and literary studies.

Although the “Teaching” option is structured in line with the French model for competitive examinations for admission into the teaching profession (CAPES), it provides training in pedagogical and disciplinary competences that are also valid in other cultural contexts. The CAPES in Spanish may be taken by candidates from other European Community countries, and knowledge of French is equally important in it as is knowledge of Spanish.

The “Research” option constitutes the first stage in a study path focusing on research, and may be followed, if so desired, by studies towards obtainment of a doctorate.
 
  • Objectives
– “Teaching” option
The programme of studies and practical work seeks to train professionals competent in the field of teaching Spanish language and literature as well as cultural and literary studies relating to the Hispanic world (Spanish studies and Latin-American studies). Competences targeted by the programme are related to acquisition of knowledge (language, literature and Iberian and Latin American civilisations), to the ability to transmit it (pedagogy and didactics), to thought on the conditions under which education is dispensed (epistemology of the discipline and knowledge of educational institutions) and to the research required for teaching the subject in hand (interconnection between teaching and research).

The programme includes periods of placement in schools. Acquisition of language skills and knowledge of the histories and cultures of Spanish and Latin-American worlds may also play a part in the training of professionals in fields other than teaching – for careers in the cultural sector, cultural mediation, journalism, documentation, translation and interpretation, the tourist industry, diplomacy, and the training of teachers working in a private, public or associative context involving exchanges with Spain and/or Latin America.

– “Research” option
The competences targeted by the Master’s in Iberian and Latin-American Worlds “Research” option relate to acquisition of four areas of knowledge:
- cultural knowledge (in-depth study of data relating to the fields of Spanish and Latin-American literature and civilisations);
- theoretical knowledge (epistemology of research on literature and cultural studies, reflection on the conditions under which research is carried out);
- know-how (research methodology and introduction to scientific writing);
- practical knowledge (writing a research paper, participation in the “Cultural and Discursive Interactions” research laboratory’s activities).

  • Content or list of themes covered and subjects taught
– “Teaching” option
The programme requires two years of study and comprises six theme-based blocks: Language, Civilisation, Arts, Literature, Research practices, and Pedagogy and didactics.

The blocks focus on the following subjects:
1) Language: translation (into and out of the mother tongue); applied linguistics;
2) Civilisation: Latin-American studies (Hispanic-American civilisation), Spanish civilisation;
3) Arts: history of Hispanic visual arts, iconography and cinema;
4) Literature: Spanish and Latin-American literature;
5) Research practices: conceptual landmarks and methodology of research;
6) Pedagogy and didactics: epistemology of the discipline and approach to the teaching of Spanish, preparation for competitive examinations for admission into the teaching profession, philosophy and sociology of education, regulatory and institutional aspects of education, child and adolescent psychology, learning and the educational relationship, information and communication technologies in education (ICTE), and the ethics and deontology of pedagogy.

– “Research” option
The programme requires two years of study and comprises seven theme-based blocks: Language, Civilisation, Arts, Literature, Introduction to scientific writing, Research practices, and Interdisciplinarity practices.

The blocks focus on the following subjects:
1) Language: translation (into and out of the mother tongue);
2) Civilisation : Latin-American studies (Hispanic-American civilisation and Brazilian civilisation), Spanish civilisation;
3) Arts: history of Hispanic visual arts, iconography and cinema;
4) Literature: Spanish and Latin-American literature;
5) Introduction to scientific writing: deontological rules of scientific writing, the heuristic aspect of writing;
6) Research practices: writing a 1st-year Master’s research paper and a 2nd-year Master’s draft thesis;
7) Interdisciplinarity practices: Transversal seminar in the 1st year on “Paradigms of Authority”, in line with the research team’s “Cultural and Discursive Interactions” programme.

  • Admission requirements
Registration is open to students with a Bachelor’s degree. It is automatic for students with a “Foreign Languages, Literature and Civilisations – Spanish” Bachelor’s degree, but must be approved by an equivalences committee for holders of other national or foreign Bachelor’s degrees. Candidates able to provide proof of professional experience likely to qualify them for the programme must be approved by an Accreditation of Prior Experience (APE) committee.