Programme of Study



The CSPILAS is innovative with regard to its academic structure. Keeping in mind the spirit of interdisciplinary character of the University, the courses are structured in such a way that in addition to the prescribed compulsory courses in Spanish, the students are encouraged to opt for optional courses from other centres/schools. The University follows semester system. Each course is for the duration of one semester and it is assigned a specific number of credits corresponding to the prescribed number of contact hours.

The mainstream programmes of the Centre are:

• B.A. (Honours) in Spanish
• M.A. in Spanish
• M.Phil in Spanish/Hispanic Studies
• Ph.D in Spanish/Hispanic Studies

B.A. (Honours) in Spanish

This programme, besides imparting written and oral proficiency in Spanish through a mix of traditional/modern methods, including language laboratory drills and film shows, also offers courses in civilization, culture and literature of Spain and other Spanish speaking countries. There are also courses in business Spanish and translation involving technical, literary and commercial texts.

M.A. in Spanish
The two year comprehensive post-graduate programme offers courses in Spanish and Latin American literatures, culture, translation and interpretation studies, as well as in language teaching methodology and contrastive linguistics. The programme aims to prepare students to conduct research at the M.Phil level and also to impart translation/interpreting/teaching skills in Spanish.

M.Phil

The M.Phil programme in Spanish & Latin American Studies commences in the Monsoon semester. Its objective is to encourage independent research in the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies and its course design and teaching plan have a multidisciplinary orientation covering ELE, Translation Studies, Reception Studies, Comparative Literature and Spanish and Latin American Literature. This is a two year/four semester programme of study from which students may move on to the doctoral programme provided they meet the minimum grade requirements laid down by the University.

Ph.D.
The CSPILAS adopts an interdisciplinary approach. Scholars with M.Phil degree in the above mentioned areas, or those with relevant teaching/research experience are eligible to apply. In accordance with the University norms students wishing to register for Ph.D. must have the minimum requirements as laid down by the University.

Thrust Areas

The following are the thrust areas:
• Spanish Language
• Spanish & Latin American Literature
• Applied Linguistics
• Translation and Interpretation
• Spanish and Latin American Culture & Civilization
• Theory of Literature
• Reception Studies
• Latin American Cultural Studies
• Latin American Post-Colonialism
• Luso-Brazilian Studies

Pedagogy
The methodology adopted for teaching comprises of lectures, tutorials, audio visual aids, language laboratory drills, group work. Apart from regular class room teaching, seminars and workshops by visiting faculty and scholars are also part of the academic activity. The Centre follows a continuous evaluation system such as sessional tests, terms papers and end semester examination.The methodology adopted for teaching comprises of lectures, tutorials, audio visual aids, language laboratory drills, group work. Apart from regular class room teaching, seminars and workshops by visiting faculty and scholars are also part of the academic activity. The Centre follows a continuous evaluation system such as sessional tests, terms papers and end semester examination.

Portuguese Studies

The Centre has been offering Portuguese language courses as part time optional component since its inception. These courses have helped a large number of students, researchers and scholars who have been working in the broad areas of Latin American and Indo-Portuguese Studies. To foster academic cooperation with Portugal, the Centre signed an MoU with the Instituto Camoes of Portugal in 2007, which has immensely benefited our students and scholars.

The Centre also offers courses in Luso-Brazilian Studies. Several students of M.Phil completed their research on topics related to Brazilian literature and culture.

Italian Language Programme
The Centre has been running part time programme in Italian language at the level of Certificate of Proficiency and Diploma of Proficiency. Currently, this programme is being kept in abeyance.

European Commission MULTIELE (ERASMUS MUNDUS) Joint Master Degree Programme

The Centre of Spanish, Portuguese, Italian & Latin American Studies, JNU has been selected as an associate member of the European Union Consortium under the MULTIELE (Erasmus Mundus) Program of European Commission to jointly conduct the Master Degree Programme in Learning and Teaching of Spanish in Multilingual and International Contexts. (www.multiele.org/es/miembros.html) The European universities belonging to the consortium are:

  1. University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain – Coordinating University
  2. University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  3. University of Pompeu-Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
  4. University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  5. Free University of Berlin, Germany
  6. University of Stockholm, Sweden
  7. University of Iceland, Iceland

The non European universities belonging to the consortium are:

  1. Moscow State Linguistic University, Russian Federation
  2. University of Maryland, USA
  3. University of Campinas, Brazil
  4. University of Osaka, Japan
  5. Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

The Multiele (Erasmus Mundus) Master's has been designed for people working or intending to work in the field of teaching Spanish in multilingual and international contexts regardless of their race, gender, religion, age and or geographical origin. Under this programme, the post graduate candidates selected from among the European universities have to spend at least one semester (third semester) in JNU to receive practical and theoretical training in the Learning and Teaching of Spanish in Multilingual and International Contexts.

For course contents and other related information, please visit: Multiele/JNU.