• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Spanish
  • Areas of interest European Studies, Latin American Languages, Language Studies, Latin American Studies, Film
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Fabricio Tocco
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2025
    See Future Offerings

From the mean streets of Buenos Aires to México City’s Colonia Roma, from the labyrinthine Paraguayan markets in Asunción to the revolutionary corners of 1960s Havana, from the oppressive atmosphere of Francoist Spain to modern-day Chile —in this course, we will watch a variety of feature films from across Latin America and Spain, examining how they picture socio-political as well as aesthetic turning points in Hispanic film history. We will read these audio-visual texts through a series of intersections such as aesthetical and political representation; fiction and history; masculinity and violence; feminism and agency; gender and class; Spanish and Indigenous languages and cultures. These diverse lenses will help us enhance our understanding of the Hispanic world and its filmic traditions.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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. critically engage with a range of cinematic texts and secondary literature;
  4. refine listening comprehension skills through interaction with "native" cultural materials (not edited or produced for teaching); and
  5. demonstrate a high level of Spanish skills in reading, writing and speaking.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 5 short response papers (200w x 5 weeks = 1000 words x semester) in Spanish (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Final paper (1000 words) in Spanish (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. In-Class Oral presentation in Spanish, Recorded (20) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  4. Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  5. In-class midterm test (25) [LO 1,2,3,5]

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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; b) 70 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed SPAN2001, or have an equivalent level of language proficiency as demonstrated by placement test, or with permission of the convener. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed any of the following courses: FILM2013, FILM6013, SCRN2107, SCRN6107 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.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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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
8441 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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