Module Information

Module Identifier
SP37020
Module Title
Cuban Cinema of the Revolution: Crisis, National Identity and the Critique of Contemporary Society
Academic Year
2015/2016
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2
Mutually Exclusive
External Examiners
  • Professor Chris Harris (Senior Lecturer - University of Liverpool)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 11 x 1 Hour Seminars
Lecture 11 x 1 Hour Lectures
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 3000 word essay  40%
Semester Assessment 1 x student presentation  20%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   written examination  40%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   written examination  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Track the historical development of Cuban cinema
2. Understand the relationship between film and society in Cuba
3. Have a detailed knowledge of the Cuban Revolution

Aims

This module aims to deepen students' understanding of the trajectory of political, social and cultural change in Cuba since 1959, as seen through the prism of filmic production from the island from 1960-2010.

Brief description

It examines the origin and development of the Cuban film institute and tracks the processes of change and development throughout Cuba's revolutionary cinematic history.

Content

The module is structured chronologically:
Week 1 – Context
Cuban cinema history and chronology
Session 1 – Lecture
Session 2 – Lecture

Week 2 – Context
Continuation from Week 1
Session 1 – Lecture
Session 2 – Seminar based on reading set

Week 3 – Before the crisis
Film: Memorias del subdesarrollo (1968, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea)
Session 1 – Context and Lecture on Film
Session 2 – Seminar based on reading set

Week 4 – Before the crisis
Film: !Plaff! (o demasiado miedo a la vida) (1988, Juan Carlos Tabio)
Session 1 – Context and lecture on film
Session 2 – Seminar based on reading set

Week 5 – On the threshold of change
Film: Alicia en el pueblo de Maravillas (1990, Daniel Díaz Torres)
Session 1 – Context and lecture on film
Session 2 – Seminar based on reading set

Week 6 – In the throes of crisis
Film: Fresa y chocolate (1993, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío)
Session 1 – Context and lecture on film
Session 2 – Seminar based on reading set

Week 7 – In the throes of crisis
Film: Guantanamera (1995, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío)
Session 1 – Context and lecture on film
Session 2 – Seminar based on reading set

Week 8 – National identity
Films: Suite Habana (2003, Fernando Perez)
Session 1 – Context and lecture on film
Session 2 – Seminar based on reading set

Week 9 – Student presentations

Week 10 – Student Presentations and/or revision session/s

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number n/a
Communication Students will develop oral communication in seminars and presentation skills in individual student presentations; written communication will be developed in assessments and exam, in English.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be able to assess their own progress week by week through their increased understanding of the issues raised and the skills developed.
Information Technology Students will use on-line journals and source collections; delivery of course materials and information via e-learning system.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will acquire transferable skills (analysis, research, investigation, writing, presentation); in-depth acquaintance with historical analysis as an academic subject.
Problem solving Students will select appropriate reading material; developing evaluative analysis and critical skills and formulating a detailed argument.
Research skills Students will analyse historical information and cinematic representations in their political/historical contexts and synthesize information in an evaluative argument.
Subject Specific Skills n/a
Team work Students will participate in debates and group presentations in seminars.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6