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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPPO2101 Issues in Hispanic Cinemas

15 creditsClass Size: 13

Module manager: Peter Watson

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

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of Level 1 in BA programmes with Spanish.

Pre-Requisite Modules: Either 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

SPPO2100Issues in Hispanic Cinema

Module replaces

SPPO 2671

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 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).


This 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 .

Learning outcomes
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 .

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 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.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Film Screenings52.0010.00
Private study hours124.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Reading course materials/preparation for seminars – 54 hrs
Film viewings beyond those organised as part of classes – 10 hrs
Preparation for piece of film criticism – 20 hrs
Preparation for essay– 40 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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,500 words66.00
Written Work1,000 word film review33.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)99.00

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 list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 18/05/2023


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