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SPAN2621: Spanish and Latin American Film Studies

Semester 2, 2022 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

While approaches to Latin American cinema neglect the relationship of the region with Spain as former colonial center, this unit, taught in English, will introduce you to Spanish and Latin American film studies exploring the tensions, negotiations, and complex flows of influence from a transatlantic angle. Comprising history, theory and criticism through the exploration of 'national' cinema industries, we will explore sites of production and circulation, by examining the role coproductions and film festivals play in the conceptualisation and consumption of Latin American and Spanish cinema. This unit offers a regional overview and delves into case studies of the history of film production.

Unit details and rules

Unit code SPAN2621
Academic unit Spanish and Latin American Studies
Credit points 6
Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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12 credit points at 1000 level in Spanish and Latin American Studies or Film Studies
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator Fernanda Penaloza, fernanda.penaloza@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Ruben Perez-Hidalgo, ruben.perez-hidalgo@sydney.edu.au
Fernanda Penaloza, fernanda.penaloza@sydney.edu.au
Tutor(s) Raquel Nunez, raquel.nunez@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Research project
Written tasks
40% Formal exam period 3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Online task 3 mini-discussions
two posts and and a reply to a post plus one final stand alone post
45% Multiple weeks 1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Presentation group assignment Audiovisual presentation
Oral presentation
15% Week 13 1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Group assignment with individually assessed component = group assignment with individually assessed component ?

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

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We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

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Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to the unit: How to read a film Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 02 A brief history of Latin American cinema Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 03 A strong Partnership? Spain and Latin America Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 04 Off the beaten track: Indigenous Film Production in Latin America Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 05 Female filmmaking in Latin America Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 06 On the politics and economics of film festivals Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 07 A brief history of cinema in Spain Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 08 Star system in Latin America and Spain: Ricardo Darín, Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 Protest film, a case study: Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 10 A gendered Gaze: Documentary Filmmaking in Spain Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 11 Gender and Sexuality: Queer protagonists Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 A Spanish Film Industry not in Spanish? Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 13 Overview of units and assignments’ discussion Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.
  • Lecture recording: Most lectures (in recording-equipped venues) will be recorded and may be made available to students on the LMS. However, you should not rely on lecture recording to substitute your classroom learning experience.
  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the most important issues regarding filmmaking production in Latin America and Spain
  • LO2. recognize and understand the tensions between global and national markets in the field of culture
  • LO3. use critical tools to locate and evaluate the issues the course explores
  • LO4. analyse how cultural, poltical and historical elements might have had an impact in the films’ aesthetic and thematic sensibility
  • LO5. view film as the end result of a complex and intended process of production in which not only aesthetic and thematic ideas are channelled but also economic/political circumstances are at play

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

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