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BA Linguistics and Portuguese
Year of entry: 2024
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Social Issues in Portuguese and Spanish Film
|Available as a free choice unit?
This course unit introduces students to aspects of the cinematic representation of key social issues in the late 20th/early 21st century, in particular as they relate to contemporary Portuguese and Spanish cultures. As well as for students of Spanish and/or Portuguese, this unit is also suitable for students of World Cinema. All films are in Spanish or Portuguese, with English subtitles available.
Using a range of documentary, docufictional, and feature films, the unit will provide a critical awareness of the relationships between social issues and cinematic representation. Issues under analysis include: marginalization and social exclusion through economic hardship; domestic violence; drug addiction; colonial war; racism; displacement of communities through land exploitation; collective and family identities and subjectivity; the impacts of crisis.
Available on: All programmes related to Spanish and/or Portuguese.
To consolidate the cross-cultural and interdisciplinary skills and knowledge of students in their final year of study.
Knowledge and understanding
Students will be expected to:
- Draw on an appropriately wide knowledge of the social issues listed in the Course Unit Overview
- Relate them cogently to their treatment in films of different genres
Students will be expected to:
- Develop informed analyses of film form in context
- Develop an appreciation and critique of different forms of filmic representation
- Form judgments and opinions based on detailed cross-cultural knowledge
Students will be expected to develop skills in:
- Working towards conclusions from the basis of case studies
- Conducting effective issue-based research
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Students will be expected to develop skills relating to:
- Transactional interaction with their peers
- Clear communication of complex ideas
- Social responsibility
- Students will be expected to develop skills relating to: - Intercultural understanding - Social scientific understanding of the effects of policies, practices and institutions on the individual citizen - Colloquial, everyday and community-specific language use in Portuguese and Spanish respectively
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written feedback on written assignments
Summative and Formative
oral and/or written feedback on exam answers
Summative (and Formative if scheduled in Semester 1)
additional one-to-one feedback (in office hours or by appointment)
- Jo Labanyi and Tatjana Pavlovic (eds) A Companion to Spanish Cinema (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).
- Alberto Mira, Historical Dictionary of Spanish Cinema (Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2012)
- Carolin Overhoff-Ferreira, Identity and Difference Postcoloniality and Transnationality in Lusophone Films (Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2013)
- Graeme Turner, Film as Social Practice. 4th edn (London: Routledge, 2007)
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