• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Screen Studies
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, European Studies, Latin American Languages, Latin American Studies, Film

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. 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. use the language of film analysis to examine and critique Latin American films;
  4. critically engage with a range of cinematic texts and secondary literature; and
  5. develop insights into a major non-English speaking culture, and into international debates about national and collective identities and histories.

Indicative Assessment

Response Journal (200 words x 3 weeks = 600 words) (30%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Film analysis (1000 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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130 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; and
b) 70 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed any of the following courses SCRN6107, FILM2013, FILM6013, SPAN2107 or SPAN6517.

Prescribed Texts

All texts will be supplied on the course Wattle page.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3636 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person N/A

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