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SP35JH: IBERIAN CROSSROADS: CONTEMPORARY SPANISH FILM A (2017-2018)

Last modified: 06 Jul 2017 16:41


Course Overview

This course will study contemporary Spanish film with reference to both local references and global currents. Spanish artistic production, like all culture, is increasingly tuned into international circuits, where filmmakers find material and inspiration for their creations from a wide range of settings. Therefore, we will think of Spain as a crossroads, a meeting ground of different historical influences, connected to a global network of migrations and communications. In our readings of these films, we will ask how personal and collective subjectivity is defined in relation to both local and global contexts.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Jesse Barker

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of SP2026 Spanish Language 4 (Passed) or SP2526 Spanish Language 4 (Passed) or MA European Studies (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Hispanic Studies (SP) (Studied) or MA European Studies (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

In this course we will study contemporary film with reference to Spain. However, they are not all entirely Spanish. Some take place in Spain but were filmed by foreign directors. Others take place outside of Spain. Almost all of the films have strong international elements or borrow from foreign genres. Spanish artistic production, like all culture, is increasingly tuned into international circuits, where filmmakers find material and inspiration for their creations from a wide range of settings.

Therefore, we will not consider Spain as a set of fixed and essential characteristics that determine the cultural manifestations occurring within its borders. We should think of Spain more as a crossroads, a meeting ground of different historical influences, connected to a global network of migrations and communications. While in a course on Franco-era Spain everything seems to be tied to a central set of concerns and struggles, contemporary cultural production is much more varied in themes and aesthetics. It is impossible to find a single current that runs through its different forms.

We will, however, think through a question that seems to run through many of these films: how do we define a self? In a context characterised by fluctuation, how are individuals and groups conceived in relation to their various determinants? (geography, personal and social relations, community, history, ethical and political concerns) In an age of global communications and virtual technologies, what role do fantasy and the imagination play in this process?

 

Further Information & Notes

The course may NOT be included as part of a graduating curriculum with SP45JH Iberian Crossroads: Contemporary Spanish Film  B.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

22 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt

1 x 1200-word essay (30%); 1 x 2200-word essay (50%); 1 Seminar assessment mark (20%).

Resit

1 x 2200-word essay (100%).

Formative Assessment

Written feedback on homework, which students do on MyAberdeen. Oral feedback on contributions in the seminar.

Feedback

Written comments on essays. Written feedback on homework. Oral feedback on contributions in the seminar.

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