Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Spanish Cinema 1
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
For Spanish students: SP10120, SP10210 or SP10740 or SP11420 and SP11520
None for students outside Spanish.

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay: Assessed essay (1,500-2,000 words)  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Written exam.  70%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should have a better awareness of cinematic techniques in general, an understanding of how films relate to specific social contexts and an appreciation of the way that film brings a new dimension to the treatment of themes in comparison with other genres.

Brief description

This 10 credit module is intended for first year students at advanced level and for students from other disciplines with an interest in film. A knowledge of Spanish is not required, since all films are subtitled and translations of texts are supplied.

The course is designed to provide an introduction to Spanish cinema. More specifically, the course allows for an appreciation of the adaptation of literary works for the cinema. Four very different films are studied on this course - each of which reveals much about the the social and political context of their making.

There will be four hours devoted to each film. The first will deal with the literary source and the remainder will consist of a close study of the film. The final hour for each film will be conducted as a seminar.


This module is at CQFW Level 4