Hispanic Film Today

Subject SPAN30017 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours. 1 x 1-hour lecture and 1 x 2-hour tutorial per week.
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours.


Spanish 4 or Spanish 6 or Spanish Intermediate language and Culture B or Spanish Post-Intermediate 2B/3B or Latrobe Spanish Language and Culture 1B or equivalent.

Subject Code(s): SPAN10004 or SPAN10003 or SPAN10006 or SPAN20019 or SPAN30015



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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry. It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/

Subject Overview:

Since the early 1990s, the major national cinemas in the Spanish-speaking world (Spain, Mexico and Argentina) have undergone a deep renewal of both their industrial structures and their thematic/aesthetic traditions. The regained popularity of these cinemas in their own domestic markets and worldwide has also had a knock-on effect in their areas of influence – e.g. US films shot in Spanish, Spain’s Catalan-language cinema, national cinemas of smaller Latin American countries. This course explores current trends in Spanish-language film from a range of countries, including the three major national cinemas as well as a cross-section of minor and emergent cinemas. The course is taught n Spanish; all films will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete this subject will:

  • Understand and use at an academic level strategies in the use of linguo-cultural genres at an advanced level with a focus on self-reflecting on researching film narratives
  • Interpret the intellectual, cultural and historical context of contemporary Spanish and Latin American cinema by acquiring learning strategies to self-reflecting on researching national and trans-national contexts
  • Understand and self-reflect on the role of cinema in shaping Hispanic Studies as a global discipline
  • Understand and self-reflect on the academic practice of the main theories and approaches to the cinemas of Spain and Spanish-speaking nations
  • Understand and self-reflect on the social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness of the major Spanish-language film industries (Spain, Mexico, Argentina)
  • Communicate knowledge intelligibly, bilingually and economically through self-reflective research in academic essays on Spanish-language cinemas
  • Understand and self-reflect on the linguo-cultural acquisition and contextualisation of judgements and knowledge process, developing a critical self-awareness and being open to new ideas and new aspects of contemporary Hispanic cinemas both in English and Spanish showing autonomous, self-directed and academic-level skills
  • Public speaking and confidence in self-expression, research and conversations where cultural differences within the Spanish-speaking world are addressed in relation to film cultures

  • A written assignment of 1750 words due in week 7 [40%]
  • An oral presentation of 1500 words due in week 10 [20%]
  • An essay of 1750 words due in week 12 [40%]

This subject has the following hurdle requirements:

• Regular participation in tutorials is required with a minimum of 75% attendance.
• All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day and in-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:

  • Acquire particular generic skills
  • Understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness/ openness to the word: through the contextualisation of judgements and knowledge, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and new aspects of Spanish culture, and by formulating arguments.
  • Communicating intelligibly and economically: through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussions and class presentations
  • Public speaking and confidence in self-expression: through tutorial participation and class presentations.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Spanish Major
Spanish and Latin American Studies
Spanish and Latin American Studies
Spanish and Latin American Studies

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