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Module

LAS2033 : Envisioning Identities in Latin American Film

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Dunja Fehimovic
  • Lecturer: Dr Philippa Page, Dr Fernando Da Silva Beleza Correia Pinto
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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. The module is taught in English, and all films studied have English subtitles.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials161:0016:00Non-synchronous lecture materials made available on the VLE.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Seminars. PIP but could be moved online without issue.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops81:008:00Comparative workshops. PIP but could be moved online without issue.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1114:00114:00Guided preparation for seminar and workshop activities; independent study.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials, in the form of non-synchronous recordings and activities made available on the VLE, allow definition of the scope of the syllabus, an introduction to a body of knowledge, and modelling of the analysis required. They will provide contextual information relevant to the films, and introduce students to key theories and debates relating to national identity, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and class, particularly in relation to film.

Small group teaching (seminars) will provide the students with the opportunity to discuss the films and topics individually and in small groups, and practice detailed analysis of film form. Larger workshops will further develop students’ ability to think comparatively, to apply theoretical concepts, to produce arguments, and to debate. Seminars and workshops take place in person, but could be scheduled online if necessary without undue disruption.

All knowledge outcomes are addressed by the combination of structured guided learning, scheduled learning and teaching activities, and guided independent study. All primary and secondary materials are available in English or with English subtitles.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A4024-hour take-home exam format. Comparative essay in English.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M602000-word comparative essay in English, due at the end of S2.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MDetailed comparative essay plan; due week 7.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Reflecting the module’s comparative spirit, assessments will require students to engage with films from different national contexts. The semester 1 24-hour exam will feature a choice of questions focusing on national identity. Students will be required to answer one of the questions by analysing at least two films from different national contexts.

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.
In both assessments, students will be required to pay attention to form as well as content and apply theoretical and contextual knowledge to produce nuanced comparative analyses of films, as practiced during seminars and workshops. The module will be assessed in English.

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