ATS3207 - Film and society in Spain and Latin America - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Spanish and Latin American Studies


Dr Sarah McDonald

Not offered in 2017


This unit introduces students to a variety of Spanish and Latin American films, with particular emphasis on recent material by contemporary directors. This unit will further deepen the student's knowledge and understanding of Spanish and Latin American cultures via the medium of film. 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;
  2. Have developed and be able to express an understanding of the socio-cultural context of contemporary Spain and Latin America;
  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.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


ATS2194 and ATS2195 or by permission