2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
SPPO2100 Issues in Hispanic Cinema
20 creditsClass Size: 22
Module manager: Peter Watson
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
Successful completion of Level 1 in BA programmes with Spanish.
Pre-Requisite modules: SPPO1010 Pract Lang Skills in Spanish 1 or SPPO1091 Pre-Intermediate Spanish Language (A2 of the CEFR) or equivalent
This module is mutually exclusive with
|Issues in Hispanic Cinemas
Module replacesSPPO 2670
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module focuses on a selection of key issues pertinent to the study of Hispanic cinemas. These issues will typically include popular film genres; star theory; cinematic and social responsibility; film history and politics; and the film industries of the regions in question. The work of practitioners such as Penélope Cruz, Iciar Bollaín and Luis Buñuel are analysed in relation to broader socio-cinematic questions (e.g. the ethics and aesthetics of depicting domestic violence on-screen).
ObjectivesThis module builds 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.
The learning outcomes of this module are as follows:
1) to allow students to demonstrate their grasp of these issues through critical analysis
2) to offer students the opportunity to study and practise film criticism in a real-life context
3) to prepare students to study more specialised modules in, for example, the Latin American film industries, available within the subject area at level 3 .
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 a real-life, professional context.
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. 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.
|Private study hours
|Total Contact hours
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)
Private studyReading course materials/preparation for seminars – 70 hrs
Film viewings beyond those organised as part of classes – 18 hrs
Preparation for piece of film criticism – 20 hours
Preparation for essay (March) – 40 hours
Preparation of self-reflective commentary/re-drafted introduction (May) – 20 hours
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudents 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
|% of formal assessment
|1,000 word commentary on marked essay + re-drafted introduction
|1,000 word film review
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)
Students may choose to complete their film reviews in the medium of Spanish or English. There is an expectation that Spanish A students will complete the assessment in Spanish. Language will not be assessed in either case.
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
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