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Course Prefix/Number:

SPAN 3570

Course Title:

Contemporary Spanish Culture and Society through Film

Programmatic Objectives Related to this Course:


1. Program Objective #1: Oral Proficiency: students will be able to:

  • Converse in a clearly participatory fashion

  • Initiate, sustain, and bring to closure a wide variety of communicative tasks, including those that require an increased ability to convey meaning with diverse language strategies due to a complications or an unforeseen turn of events

  • Satisfy the requirements of school and work situations, and

  • Narrate and describe with paragraph-length connected discourse.

2. Program Objective #2: Writing: students will be able to:

  • Argue, describe, collect and practice the lexical and syntactic aspects of the target language through the arrangement of words, sentences and paragraphs

  • Communicate conclusions from research and argue their case and position in Spanish

  • Demonstrate satisfactory control of the language by writing.

3. Program Objective #3: Cultural Awareness: students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a more full understanding of the people of Latin American and Spain

  • Have studied concepts and information and show understanding of the civilization and fine art of Latin America and Spain, including art, literature, history, geography, music and architecture.

4. Program Objective #4: Literature Analysis: students will be able to:

  • Comprehend and use comfortably a variety of literary lexicon.

  • Interpret and analyze literary texts in Spanish.

  • Interpret and analyze the significance of time, place, class in which the works of literature in Spanish were created.

  • Evaluate and construct arguments in Spanish when comparing two or more literary pieces belonging to different periods of time.




Student Learning Outcomes:

• Students will be able to write an academic film analysis.

Students will be able to write five page analysis using grammatically correct Spanish at an advanced level.

• Students will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of particular periods in the XIX through XXI centuries.

• Students will have the skills to understand the visual techniques used for communicating through film.

• Students will develop an appreciation of what distinguishes film as an art form.


General Outline of Course Content:

  1. Introduction to cinematography. Basic film terms.

Cinema as an art form. History of Spanish Cinema.

Introduction to methodologies of film criticism.




  1. Golpe al corazón

Film: Sístole diastole

Short story: Cine y malabarismo

Poem: “Tú me quieres blanca”


  1. El Filo del poder

Film: El laberinto del fauno

Short story: Los censores

Poem: “Explico algunas cosas”


  1. El lado oscuro

Film: Tercero B

Short story: El revolver

Short story: La noche boca arriba


  1. Lazos de sangre

Film: El hijo de la novia

Short story: La prodigiosa tarde de Baltazar

Poem: “Canción de otoño en primavera”


  1. Una cuestión de género

Film: Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios

Short story: Emma Zunz

Drama (extract): El eterno femenino


  1. La moral a prueba

Film: El crimen del Padre Amaro

Short story: La conciencia

Short story: La nochebuena de Encarnación Mendoza



Methods of Student Assessment (e.g. type, number, percent):

Attendance & Participation – 10%

Quizzes (3) – 30%

Film Analysis (6) – 30%

Oral Presentation – 10%

Final Paper – 20%


Possible Text
(or other materials):

Courtad, James, Kathryn Everly, and Martín Gaspar. Intrigas. Advanced Spanish through Literature and Film. 4th ed. Boston: Vista Higher Learning, 2012.




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