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Course Overview

Transnational Cinematic Childhoods

Cinematic representations of children and childhood are simultaneously romanticised and fraught with tensions. Are children inherently innocent? The dead, queer, absent and precocious children depicted in the films studied on this course challenge such a notion. This cross-disciplinary course undertakes an analysis of the ways in which childhood is constructed cinematically and transnationally. Case studies are largely drawn from Hispanic contexts and include The Spirit of the Beehive (1973), The Others (2001) and Pan’s Labyrinth (2006).

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No

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Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either FS2002 Cinema and the Invention of Modern Life (Passed) or FS2003 Cinema and Modernity (Passed)
  • Either FS2505 Cinema and Crisis (Passed) or FS2506 Cinema and Revolution (Passed)
  • One of FS2002 Cinema and the Invention of Modern Life (Passed) or FS2003 Cinema and Modernity (Passed) or FS2505 Cinema and Crisis (Passed) or FS2506 Cinema and Revolution (Passed)
  • Film And Visual Culture (FS) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will offer in-depth knowledge and understanding of cinematic representations of children and childhood.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


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Summative Assessments

!st Attempt: One 2500-word essay (40%); 1 two-hour written examination (50%); Seminar Assessment (10%). Resit: Written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Students are expected to complete MyAberdeen submissions each week, on which feedback is provided. The essay is completed during the course. Feedback on this work will provided to the student in helping them to prepare for the examination.


Through comments on MyAberdeen submissions and essays.

Course Learning Outcomes


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