Introduction to Contemporary European and Hispanic Cinemas - CPLT3180

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This module is not currently running in 2022 to 2023.


This module will introduce students to a wide range of films produced in different European and Latin American countries between the late 1980s and the present day. The module will focus on prevailing trends and dominant themes in contemporary European and Hispanic cinemas. The aim is to make students aware of the place which cinema has played and continues to play in the cultural life of Europe and Latin America, its importance in establishing national and supra-national identity, and the ways in which international relations are expressed through film production.

The module will begin with an overview of European and Latin American cinema, and then will be divided into geographically determined sections (Germany, Denmark, France, Italy, Spain and Mexico) before being brought together again in the final conclusive lecture. The course is also designed to provide students with basic film terminology, as well as with basic tools for cultural analysis.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20

Method of assessment

Essay (2,000 words) – 40%
Presentation (12 minutes) – 10%
Examination (2 Hours) – 50%

Indicative reading

Corrigan, T. A Short Guide to Writing About Film (New York: Harper Collins, latest edition)
Elena, A. and Marina Díaz López (eds.), (2003). The Cinema of Latin America (London: Wallflower Press)
Ezra, E. (ed.), (2004). European Cinema (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

- Demonstrate an understanding of the political and social contexts in which these films were made;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the importance and complexities of cultural representations for individuals and national societies;
- Demonstrate their ability to analyse examples of European and Latin American cinema;
- Demonstrate an understanding of narrative processes and modes of representation at work in film;
- Demonstrate an appreciation of cultural diversity;
- Demonstrate their skills in the field of comparative study;
- Demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively;
- Demonstrate their ability to plan and write an essay and to organise it in terms of a coherent argument.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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