• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Film Studies
  • Areas of interest Film
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Consuelo Martinez Reyes
  • Mode of delivery Blended
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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This course will provide students with an introduction to contemporary cinema from diverse parts of Latin America and Spain, from the 1960s to the present. We will consider themes such as homosexuality, political dissidence, violence and 'otherness'. We will also reflect on the social, economic, and political contexts in which the production of these films took place. We will debate the ways in which Latin American cinema differentiates itself from Hollywood, the scarcity of female directors and the topics women bring to the screen, among other issues. We may note thematic similarities and differences between cinema from Latin American and Spain.  This course will be taught in English. All films will be shown in Spanish with English sub-titles.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Critically analyse visual representations of Latin American and/or Spanish cultural issues, both through discussion and reading established academic research on it.
  2. Demonstrate advanced understanding of recent directions in contemporary Latin American film and cultural production, including links to Spanish and global film production contexts.
  3. Demonstrate mastery of the language of film analysis to examine and critique Latin American films.
  4. Critically engage with a wide range of cinematic texts and secondary literature.
  5. Develop advanced insights into a major non-English speaking culture, and into international debates about national and collective identities and histories.

Indicative Assessment

Weekly Response Journal (300w x 5 weeks =1500 words x semester) (30%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Film analysis (1500 words) (25%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Research Essay (2000 words) (35%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Class participation (10%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

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A 2 hour lecture, 1 hour tutorial, and 2 hour film screening per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to commit a further 5 hours of independent study per teaching week over the semester (total 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed FILM2013, SPAN2107 or SPAN6517.



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9703 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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