Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Dr Sarah McDonald


Previously coded SPN3280


This unit introduces students to a variety of Hispanic films, with particular emphasis on recent material by contemporary directors. This unit will further deepen the student's knowledge of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures via the viewing and discussion of Hispanic films from the 1950s to the present. The unit aims to develop an awareness of different critical approaches to film analysis, including genre, style and the interaction between films and their socio-cultural contexts. The unit covers issues such as identity, sexuality, history, colonialism and nationalism.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Be able to understand, discuss and analyse different cinematic genres and styles of Post-1950s Hispanic cinema.
  2. Have developed and be able to express an understanding of the socio-cultural context of the contemporary Hispanic world.
  3. Be able to understand, discuss and analyse the ways in which selected films reflect on and interpret social and cultural issues.
  4. Have developed an ability to engage with written and visual texts and be able to understand a body of critical writing in the field.


Written work: 30%
Presentation: 10%
Research proposal: 10%
Research essay: 50%

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week plus film screening

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Spanish and Latin American studies


ATS1194, ATS1195, ATS2194 or by permission