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Methods of Cultural Analysis and Critical Readings


Admission requirements

Advanced level in Spanish (C1-C2). Students with an advanced knowledge of Portuguese and a passive knowledge (reading and oral comprehension) of Spanish will be accepted and can do their writings in Portuguese. Undergraduate degree (BA/BSc)


This seminar will train students in some of the basic methodologies of cultural analysis. We will discuss some of the tools that can help in the analysis of texts and images. Students will become familiar with the basics of discourse analysis that we will apply to the analysis of film, images, art and literary and non literary texts. Rhetoric, theories in argumentation and narration, among others, can help develop skills in close-readings. With the help of practical exercises students will learn how to approach and analyze cultural (linguistic and visual) objects.
Reflecting teaching staff’s broad research interests, this team-taught course will consider an array of written texts from different genres as well as visual texts, drawing on the rich diversity of cultural contexts across Latin America.

Course Objectives

To develop students’ critical and analytical skill through close reading of a wide range of texts (written and visual); To provide an insight into a variety of critical approaches. Develop students’ critical and analytical skills and presentation skills. Develop a coherent research plan.



Mode of Instruction

Lectures and Seminars

Course load

10 EC = 280 hours in total.

  • Hours spent on attending lectures and seminars: 30 hours

  • Time for studying the compulsory literature: 80 hours

  • Time for completing assignments, writing essay:170 hours

Assessment method


Class presentations 20%
Exercises 40%
Final essay 40%

The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average


Class presentations 20%
Exercises 40%
Final essay 40%

The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average


Re-sit: through final essay.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • providing study materials

Reading list:

A reading list will be issued to enrolled students in due course.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in Engels and Nederlands

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

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For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher:

Dr. N. Timmer Dr. G. Inzaurralde

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats


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