• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Spanish
  • Areas of interest Latin American Languages, Language Studies, Latin American Studies
  • 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.

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. Understand recent directions in contemporary Latin American film and cultural production, including links to Spanish and global film production contexts.
  3. Critically engage with a range of cinematic texts and secondary literature.
  4. Refine native-level listening comprehension skills through interaction with "native" cultural materials (not edited or produced for teaching).
  5. Demonstrate a high level of Spanish skills in reading, writing and speaking, especially mastering academic versions of these skills.

Indicative Assessment

Weekly Response Journal (300w x 5 weeks = 1500 words semester) in Spanish (20%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Film analysis (1500 words) in Spanish (25%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Oral presentation in Spanish, Recorded, 20-mins (20%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 5]
Class participation (10%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 5]
Research essay (2000 words) in Spanish (25%) [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

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed SPAN6501 or have an equivalent level of language proficiency as demonstrated by placement test. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course. You are unable to enrol in this course if you have previously completed SPAN2107, FILM2013 or FILM6013.



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
9705 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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