- Code SPAN6517
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Spanish
- Areas of interest Latin American Languages, Language Studies, Latin American Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
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.
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.
- Understand recent directions in contemporary Latin American film and cultural production, including links to Spanish and global film production contexts.
- Critically engage with a range of cinematic texts and secondary literature.
- Refine native-level listening comprehension skills through interaction with "native" cultural materials (not edited or produced for teaching).
- Demonstrate a high level of Spanish skills in reading, writing and speaking, especially mastering academic versions of these skills.
Indicative AssessmentWeekly 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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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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