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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 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No

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Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

  • Film And Visual Culture (FS) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • 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) or FS30ME Border Crossing: an Introduction to Transnational Cinema (Passed)

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Course Description

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

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 essay (2500-3000 words) (35%); 1 research essay (3500 words) or 1 creative project with reflective essay (2500 words) (45%); 1 seminar presentation (10%); Seminar Assessment (10%)

Formative Assessment

Students are expected to complete blackboard 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 research essay.


Through comments on MyAberdeen submissions and essays.

Course Learning Outcomes


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