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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPPO2100 Issues in Hispanic Cinema

20 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Duncan Wheeler
Email: d.wheeler@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of Level 1 in BA programmes with Spanish

Pre-requisites

SPPO1010Pract Lang Skills in Spanish 1

This module is mutually exclusive with

SPPO2101Issues in Hispanic Cinemas

Module replaces

SPPO 2670

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module focuses on a selection of key issues pertinent to the study of Hispanic cinemas. These issues will typically include national, transnational and post-national cinemas; popular film genres; star theory; realism and its variants; film adaptations; and the film industries of the regions in question. The work of practitioners such as Penélope Cruz and Iciar Bollaín are analysed in relation to broader socio-cinematic questions (e.g. the ethics and aesthetics of depicting domestic violence on-screen).

Objectives

This module focuses on a selection of key issues pertinent to the study of Hispanic cinemas. These issues will typically include national, transnational and post-national cinemas; popular film genres; star theory; realism and its variants; film adaptations; and the film industries of the regions in question.

Learning outcomes
This module aims to build on the introduction to skills for the study of audiovisual media and the study of seminal film texts themselves offered to students of Spanish in level 1 by focusing on a selection of key issues pertinent to the study of Hispanic cinemas. These issues will typically include national, transnational and post-national cinemas; popular film genres; star theory; realism and its variants; film adaptations; and the film industries of the regions in question. While the module aims to allow students to demonstrate their grasp of these issues through traditional critical analysis, it also seeks to offer students the opportunity to study and practise film criticism in a real-life context (written in Spanish).The module is intended to prepare students to study more specialised modules in, for example, the Latin American film industries, available within the subject area at level 3.

Skills outcomes
Students are expected to consolidate the traditional cognitive and practical skills acquired in Level 1 and, in addition, to:
1. demonstrate an awareness of conflicting perspectives and debates where they exist.
2. discuss and criticise issues and problems.
3. summarize cogently the thesis/argument in an article or book.
4. provide evidence of a range of reading beyond the book list ('reading around the topic').
5. demonstrate the ability to engage with and interpret layers of meaning within cultural products (films).
Students are also expected to demonstrate:
1. the ability to respond effectively to criticism/feedback.
2. the ability to articulate their own values and apply these.
3. the ability to write in Spanish in a real-life, professional context.


Syllabus

On completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate awareness of the professional context of film criticism and produce an example of this tailored to meet a precise brief and written in Spanish. They will also have critically analysed the key issues covered, presenting their own arguments in a well-structured and evidence-based form that adheres to standard academic conventions, and they should be able to demonstrate how they respond to feedback on their work by re-drafting their essay introduction and writing a commentary on how their initial submission could be improved.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Workshop31.003.00
Film Screenings62.0012.00
Lecture111.0011.00
Seminar61.006.00
Private study hours168.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Reading course materials/preparation for seminars – 70 hrs
Film viewings beyond those organised as part of classes – 18 hrs
Preparation for piece of film criticism in Spanish (December) – 20 hours
Preparation for essay (March) – 40 hours
Preparation of self-reflective commentary/re-drafted introduction (May) – 20 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be invited to discuss their marked reviews with the module co-ordinator after the Christmas break. Students will also be set unassessed tasks in advance of each seminar/workshop, which will allow for a more informal monitoring of their process and feedback.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3000 words50.00
Reflective log1,000 word commentary on marked essay + re-drafted introduction25.00
Written Work1,000 word Review in Spanish25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 13/11/2018 09:25:32

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