BA Film Studies and Russian / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Hispanic Cinemas

Course unit fact file
Unit code SPLA20841
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Spanish, Portuguese and Latin
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This course unit introduces students to a thematically led selection of films from Spain and Latin America from the 1960s to 2010. Exploring the reasons why in some cases we think about Hispanic Cinemas as being aesthetically and thematically linked, it offers a contextualisation and textual analysis of films in relation to a specific set of themes (e.g. history, memory, national identity, transnational filmmaking) and to the social contexts in which they were made. It pays attention to the specificities involved in studying screen cultures, approaches and productions from both Spain and Latin America .


  • Engage with core cultural, social and political issues in relation to moving images.
  • Develop knowledge of films from Spain and Latin America and their importance as cultural artefacts from the countries studied.
  • Develop an awareness of the intercultural issues and their representation in cultural production, in this case cinema.

Learning outcomes




Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand key themes approached by contemporary films from Spain and Latin America with a particular emphasis on national identities and their filmic representation.
  • Gain knowledge of the historical and cultural context of production. 
  • Comment on the social and political context of the films’ production.

Intellectual skills

  • Carry out formal analysis of film and understand technical terms involved in this analysis and the theoretical debates that relate to this analysis.
  • Relate the social context of films to their content and comment on key theoretical arguments involved in this analysis.
  • Synthesise diverse arguments and interpretations of the films studied.


Practical skills

  • Read, understand and discuss complex materials.
  • Develop an awareness of cultural difference and creative responses to this.
  • Work in groups.
  • Present ideas effectively in written and oral forms.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • To use teamwork skills.
  • To participate in groups discussions.
  • To demonstrate independent thinking and research.

Employability skills


Assessment methods

Analysis       40%
Essay 60%


Feedback methods

Feedback method

Formative or Summative

Oral  feedback on seminar participation.


Written feedback on assessed coursework.


Individual consultations with teaching staff during office hours or by appointment.



Recommended reading

  1. Triana-Toribio, Nuria. 2003. Spanish National Cinema. Edited by Susan Hayward, National Cinemas. London: Routledge.
  2. Stone, Rob. 2002. Spanish Cinema, Inside Film. Harlow: Pearson Education.
  3. Dennison, Stephanie. 2013. Contemporary Hispanic Cinema: Interrogating the Transnational in Spanish and Latin American film.  London. Tamesis.
  4. Elena, Alberto and Marina Díaz López. 2003. The Cinema of Latin America. London:

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 11
Seminars 22
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Carlos Van Tongeren Unit coordinator
Ignacio Aguilo Unit coordinator

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