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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPPO2020 Film and Literature in the Portuguese-speaking World

20 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Dr Peter Haysom

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of SPPO1080 AND SPPO1081 OR SPPO1083

This module is mutually exclusive with

SPPO2021Film and Literature In the Portuguese-speaking World

Module replaces

SPPO2420 Introduction to Literature in Portuguese.

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module offers students an introduction to film and literature from Portugal, Brazil and Portuguese-speaking Africa, focusing on the interpretations of primary texts and major themes in Lusophone cultures. The module will develop students' critical and analytical skills, as well as requiring them to give oral presentations and to write critical essays on the works covered.


Students on this module will gain an introduction to key literary and filmic works from Brazil, Portugal and Portuguese-speaking Africa and the analysis and interpretation of how they represent key cultural and social processes in the Lusophone world.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should:
- be able to analyse selected filmic and literary works in terms of their generic specificity
- be familiar with written and literary cultural production in Portuguese from three continents,
- be able to discuss coherently and knowledgeably selected key Portuguese-language literary and filmic texts
- have an insight into cultural reflections of the society and history of Portugal, Brazil and Portuguese-speaking Africa.
- have developed analytical and writing skills.

Skills outcomes
Close-reading and interpretation of literary and filmic texts from a variety of historical periods and geographic areas (which involve critical thinking, the ability to detect patterns and draw conclusions, being able to see issues from a variety of viewpoints, cultural awareness)


A variety of films and literary texts from Brazil, Portugal and Portuguese-Speaking Africa.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours174.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

138 hours reading
20 hours essay writing
10 hours literature review preparation
6 hours seminar preparation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

In-seminar close reading and essay writing exercises

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,500 words50.00
Literature Review1,000 words30.00
Oral Presentation20 minute class presentation20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Re-sit by essay only

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 27/09/2022


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