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.
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:
- Critically analyse visual representations of Latin American and/or Spanish cultural issues, both through discussion and reading established academic research on it.
- Demonstrate advanced understanding of recent directions in contemporary Latin American film and cultural production, including links to Spanish and global film production contexts.
- Demonstrate mastery of the language of film analysis to examine and critique Latin American films.
- Critically engage with a wide range of cinematic texts and secondary literature.
- Develop advanced insights into a major non-English speaking culture, and into international debates about national and collective identities and histories.
Indicative AssessmentWeekly 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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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 60 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorials and 24 hours of film screening. b) 70 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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