This course combines fluency in language and cultural understanding equally with a solid grounding in management and business practices.
Choosing to study Spanish at Royal Holloway means joining our friendly, supportive and culturally diverse community where you will be inspired by leading specialists from one of the UK’s most interdisciplinary Hispanic Studies teams. As a modern linguist, you will not only learn to speak and write fluently, you will also develop excellent communication and research skills, and combine language proficiency with cross-cultural perspectives.
You will be able to tailor your degree to suit your specific areas of interest, choosing from a fascinating multidisciplinary range, including: translation, literature, photography, drama, film and other visual arts from the sixteenth to the twenty first-century and from all the corners of the Spanish-speaking world.
Through our School of Management you will build a foundation for strategic planning, evaluation of risks and opportunities, communicating key messages, managing resources, effective deployment of human and financial assets, and evaluating the results. Skills which, when combined with language fluency, make you highly employable.
Our language classes are taught in Spanish by dedicated language specialists, most of whom are native speakers; they will ensure that you gain valuable exposure to different varieties of Spanish. You will also have the exciting opportunity to spend a year working, teaching or studying, in cities as diverse as Havana, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Mexico, Seville and Salamanca, when you will immerse yourself in the language and culture, and truly broaden your horizons.
- Whether you are a beginner, advanced or native-level speaker when you start, by the time you graduate you will be fluent in Spanish: confident in reading, understanding and analysing text and able to write with ease and accuracy.
- On graduation you will have the language and analytical skills, together with an in-depth knowledge of Spanish history, culture and society, that will give you a valuable competitive edge in an increasingly globalised world.
- Our research staff are engaged in research at the highest level internationally; we are in the top 10 of UK Modern Language departments for research quality and the top in London (Research Assessment Exercise 2014) and 95% of the School of Management’s research was judged to be of an international standard
The core modules in Management are:
In this module you will develop an understanding of the formal economic, political and legal institutions, as well as cultural, religious, and linguistic differences that must be taken into account when conducting business across borders. You will look at how the global context in which companies operate has evolved over time, considering the role of foreign direct investment and internationalisation strategies. You will examine the motivations for entering a foreign market, the factors determining whether a company enters on their own or in partnership, the risks of entry and how they are analysed, and how companies negotiate with governments.
Markets and Consumption
In this module you will develop an understanding of how marketing can be seen as both an academic discipline and as a business practice. You will look at the role of the consumer as a stakeholder in an organisation, examining how they make consumption decisions. You will assess marketing as a business practice, considering how it has penetrated all sectors of the economy (private, public, and not-for-profit). In addition, you will learn about the sustainability of marketing practices in an increasingly globalised consumer society.
In this module you will develop an understanding of the basic concepts of accounting, examining its role in organisations and society. You will consider the basic components of financial statements, including income statement, balance sheets, and cash flow statements, and the procedures and techniques for the preparation of these. You will also look at the principles of financial decision making and how to analyse accounting information.
In this module you will develop an understanding of organisation as a process and the organisation as an entity. You will look at key managerial activities, examining classical ideas about organisation with the context of nationalisation and humanisation. You will see how these ideas reappear, albeit in a modified form, in contemporary organisations, looking at organisational forms and modern management techniques such as culture management, emotional labour, and charismatic leadership. You will also consider Max Weber’s distinction of formal and substantive rationality and Anthony Giddens’ formulation of the duality of action and structure.
Spanish: Spanish 1
This is your core Spanish language module in which you will develop your skills in writing, speaking and comprehending the Spanish language. There are three hours of seminars per week well as a grammar lecture taught fortnightly. Teaching is done in small groups and conducted largely in Spanish. The module consists of a combination of textual analysis and grammar consolidation, combining in situ exercises with homework revision; grammar work; lexical work and oral and listening work to develop lexical and communicative skills through the use of varied media such as the use of audio-visual aids, oral presentations and debates. You will take part in group discussions and have the chance to develop and practice your presentation skills.
Spanish: Spanish 2
This is your core Spanish language module in which you will continue to develop your skills in writing, speaking and comprehending the Spanish language. It consists of a combination of textual analysis and grammar consolidation, combining in-situ exercises with homework revision; grammar work; lexical work and oral and listening work to develop lexical and communicative skills through the use of varied media such as the use of audio-visual aids, oral presentations and debates. Through oral practice you will have the opportunity to take part in group discussions and have the chance to develop and practice youyr presentation skills.
Spanish: Intensive Spanish 1
This is your core Spanish language module (beginners’ pathway). It is taught intensively in five weekly seminar hours. The first three hours are devoted to work on reading, writing and listening comprehension skills combining both in-situ exercises with homework revision that students will have prepared for the day. The fourth hour is reserved for oral practice, which happens in the form of debates, role plays or text commentaries. The fifth hour is a grammar lecture in which new verb tenses and grammatical structures are introduced.
The core modules in Management are:
In this module you will analyse the principal theories of strategic management and consider them in the context of contemporary business operations, including the political and regulatory frameworks, in response to technological change, financialisation, the development of ‘new’ business models, and the changes in the way corporate performance is assessed. You will discuss key concepts and debates in the theory of corporate and business strategy, examine the changing context in which the corporate strategy is formulated and implemented, and develop an understanding of the theoretical debates that relate to corporate strategy via the analysis of case studies, which will cover a variety of industrial settings and situations.
Marketing Strategy in Context
In this module you will develop an understanding of the marketing strategies used by organisations. You will look at the elements of the marketing mix and their critical interrelationships, examining the competitive environment, customer insights, market information systems, business models, enterprise competencies, control, evaluation and innovation. You will also consider the sustainability of marketing practices in an increasingly globalised consumer society.
In this module you will develop an understanding of the technical and non-technical aspects of management accounting. You will look at traditional costing methods and techniques, such as contribution volume profit analysis (CVP), budgeting, responsibility accounting, transfer pricing, and decision-making, alongside more innovative management tools, including activity based costing (ABC), activity based management (ABM), and the balanced scorecard. You will examine the issues underlying pricing and product offering and consider the importance of quality and cost control as strategic objectives for improving organisational performance.
Human Resource Management
In this module you will develop an understanding of the significance of human resource management in organisations. You will look at the links between product market and human resourcing strategies, the role of human resources planning in workforce management, and polices such as employee participation and involvement, including the role of trade unions in employment relationships. You will examine the regulation of labour markets, employment discrimination and conflict and resistance at work. You will also consider specific human resources practices, such as recruitment and selection, training and development and pay and performance management.
Spanish: Intensive Spanish for Beginners 2
This is an intensive course with four hours per week of contact in each term, plus an extra hour of oral practice. The first two hours are devoted to work on reading, writing and oral skills combining in-situ exercises with homework revision that you will have prepared for the day (usually a journalistic text). The third hour is reserved for the listening comprehension exercises which sometimes take place in language laboratories. The last hour is a grammar lecture in which new verb tenses and grammatical structures are introduced and subsequently put into practice during the next two hours of the following week.
Spanish: Principles and Practice of Translation from Spanish to English and English to Spanish
Classes will focus on a piece of Spanish or English from a literary or (quality) journalistic source. You will be required to draft an English or Spanish translation of it in preparation for the class, which will be spent discussing the relative merits of different versions. Some time will be devoted to vocabulary acquisition and the consideration of professional translations too.
The third year of this degree programme will be spent abroad, either studying or working or both. It is usually expected that students will spend at least 9 months overseas, in countries where the native langauges match the languages the student is studying. Students studying two langauges will be expected to divide their time between two relevant countries, i.e. one for each langauge. The School of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures will support students in finding a suitable study or work placement, but students are also expected to explore opportunities independently and the ultimate responsibility for securing such a placement lies with the student. Alternatively students may choose to enrol for courses at a partner university in the relevant country. This year forms an integral part of the degree programme; students on placement will be asked to complete assessed work which will be credited towards their degree, while in the case of those studying at a university, marks obtained for courses taken will be credited towards their degree. The same applies to the assessment of spoken language on return to Royal Holloway from the period of residence abroad.
The core modules in Management are:
International Management - Business in Context
International Management - Leadership and Innovation
Spanish: Spanish 3
This is your core language module in Spanish, in which you will continue to develop your skills in writing, speaking and comprehending Spanish. It is taught entirely in Spanish, and takes the form of a combination of formal grammar lectures and seminars focused on written and oral skills. The module concentrates on textual analysis and grammar consolidation, combining in situ exercises with homework prepared in advance; grammar work: theory and practice; lexical work. You will deliver presentations in Spanish and take part in debates. You will also refine your knowledge of aspects of contemporary Spanish by studying films, podcasts, news broadcasts and other audiovisual aids.
In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.
Spanish: International Film 1 - Contexts and Practices
Spanish: The Birth of Film
Spanish: Introduction to Translation from Spanish to English and English to Spanish
Spanish: Passion and Betrayal on the Spanish Stage
Spanish: Text and Image in the Hispanic World
Spanish: Culture and Society in Modern Spain
Spanish: Culture and Identity in Latin America
Spanish: Authors and Readers in 20th Century Spanish American Fiction
Spanish: Comparative Hispanic Culture
Spanish: Visualising Cuba - Text, Image and Representation
History: Spain, 1898 to 1939
History: Spain - from Dictatorship to Democracy
Spanish: Principles and Practice of Translation, English into Spanish
Spanish: Constructing Identity in Contemporary Spanish Film
Spanish: Myths of the Feminine in the Spanish Novel
Spanish: Twentieth Century Mexican Visual Arts and Film
Spanish: Religion and Society in the 16th and 17th Century Hispanic World
Spanish: Love in the Contemporary Spanish American Novel
Optional modules in Management include:
International Financial Accounting
Asia Pacific Business
Globalisation of Work
International Human Resource Management
The Individual at Work
Business in International Comparative Perspective
Brands and Branding
Strategic Management Accounting
Advertising and Promotion
Clusters, Small Business and International Competition
Business Data Analytics
Digital Innovation Management
Enterprise Systems Management
Small Business Management and Growth
Entrepreneurship Theory and History
Innovation, Strategy and the Corporation
Accounting for Sustainability
Marketing Ethics and Society
Spanish: The Gothic Mode in Spanish and English Fiction
Spanish: Advanced Literary Translation from Spanish to English and English to Spanish
Spanish: Contemporary Mexican Cinema
Spanish: Spanish American Literature - An Overview
Spanish: Seducing The Nation - Spanish Cinema 1940s to 1980s
Spanish: Conflict in 20th Century Latin American Literature and Culture
Spanish: Journeys of Discovery in Twentieth Century Spanish American Literature
Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £9,250
International students tuition fee per year 2017/18**: £15,600
Other essential costs***: The cost of your year abroad will vary by country. Typical living costs to consider will be accommodation, food and household items, entertainment, travel, books and bills (including your mobile phone). You'll also need to budget for travel to and from your country of study. Additional costs compared to studying in the UK will also depend on personal choices and it is important to research the cost of living before the year commences.
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*Tuition fees for UK and EU nationals starting a degree in the academic year 2017/18 will be £9,250 for that year. This amount is subject to the UK Parliament approving a change to fee and loan regulations that has been proposed by the UK Government. In the future, should the proposed changes to fee and loan regulations allow it, Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for UK and EU nationals annually. If relevant UK legislation continues to permit it, Royal Holloway will maintain parity between the tuition fees charged to UK and EU students for the duration of their degree studies.
**Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for international fee paying students annually. Tuition fees are unlikely to rise more than 5 per cent each year. For further information on tuition fees please see Royal Holloway’s Terms & Conditions.
***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.