Module Catalogue 2020/21

LAS2033 : Envisioning Identities in Latin American Film

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Dunja Fehimovic
  • Lecturer: Dr Fernando Da Silva Beleza Correia Pinto, Dr Philippa Page
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

It would be highly advisable to have previously studied film or cultural analysis, preferably at university level, in Stage 1. In SML, the relevant modules would be: SML1021 Introduction to International Film or SML1022 Introduction to Cultural Studies.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



In consonance with the overall aim of the degrees offered in the SML, to contribute to students’ broad-based knowledge of aspects of the history, politics, society, and culture of a variety of Latin American countries, through the systematic study of cinema as an art form and a cultural expression of the context within which it is produced.

In addition, this module aims to make aspects of the above available to non-language students from other Schools.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module aims to introduce students to the film cultures of Latin America via a focus on three national cinemas. Students will learn about the development of film industries in the chosen contexts from the mid-20th century to the present day. In the first semester, they will focus on the role played by cinema in the development and contestation of national identities in each national context. In semester two, they will reflect on the representation of other identities and debates in cinema, especially those relating to gender, sexuality, race, and class. Students will be encouraged to consider how these issues interact with the narratives and myths of national identity explored in Semester 1.

The module is organised in order to develop students’ understanding of the social, political, and cultural contexts of the chosen Latin American countries, their familiarity with specific selected films from each place, and their ability to critically analyse films, paying attention to both form and content. The module is comparative in spirit, and students will be required to connect and contrast material from both semesters, as well as from different national contexts.

Lecture material will provide contextual information and introduce students to key theories and debates relating to national identity, gender, sexuality, race, and class, particularly in relation to film. Small group teaching, both online and present-in-person, will encourage close comparative analysis through focus on selected film clips, as well as broader debates informed by theory and context.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

- Familiarity with key terms and concepts in film theory and analysis.
- Knowledge of key concepts and theories of national identity, gender, and postcolonial studies.
- Recall and distinguish between key historical events and cultural developments in each of the relevant countries from the mid-twentieth century onwards.
- Display a broad familiarity with the history and evolution of the national cinemas under discussion.
- Show detailed knowledge of selected key films from each of the national cinemas.

Intended Skill Outcomes

- Recognise, recall, and apply key terms and concepts to closely analyse sequences of film.
- Recognise, recall, and apply theoretical concepts and frameworks to the analysis of film.
- Analyse a film within its historical, social, and cultural context.
- Carry out a detailed comparison of more than one film.
- Write well-argued, analytical essays to deadline.
- Take notes effectively from lecture material and in small group teaching, as well as from journals and secondary material.
- Find secondary material in bibliographies devoted to film, cultural studies, and Latin American studies.
- Operate effectively as part of a team, and participate effectively in group discussion.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials182:0036:00Lecture materials, and activities based around these materials.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present-in-Person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Synchronous online
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities181:0018:00Preparation for synchronous small group teaching.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Drop-in/ Surgery on formative and summative assessment (synchronous online)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study198:0098:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Introductory / welcome session (synchronous online)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture material will allow definition of the scope of the syllabus, an introduction to a body of knowledge, and modelling of the analysis required. Small group teaching will provide the students with the opportunity to discuss key texts and topics individually and in groups, and practice detailed analysis of film form. It will also develop students’ ability to think comparatively, to apply theoretical concepts, to produce arguments, and to debate. All knowledge outcomes are addressed by the mix of structured guided learning and scheduled learning and teaching activities.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002500-word comparative essay in English, due at the end of S2.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MFormative essay: 1500-word comparative essay in English, due at the end of S1.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Reflecting the module’s comparative spirit, assessment will require students to engage with films from different national contexts. The semester 1 formative essay will focus on national identity, requiring students to take into account the national contexts of the films under analysis in order to consider the way in which they address ideas of and debates around national identity. The semester 2 assessed essay will encourage students to develop their comparative analysis further still, by providing scope for the exploration of the relationship between national identity and other identity categories or debates through the comparative analysis of film. Students will be required to pay attention to film form as well as content and apply theoretical and contextual knowledge to produce nuanced comparative analyses of films, as practiced during scheduled learning and teaching activities. The module will be assessed in English.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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