SPANISH 280 - Conversation Through Spanish/Latin American Film
Spring 2015, Section 101
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Subject: Spanish (SPANISH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
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Class Misc Info:
This course counts as elctive credit toward the Spanish minor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
SPANISH 275, 276, or 277; or SPANISH 278 (or 290) or AMCULT 224 or LATINOAM 224; or RCLANG 324.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course gives students the opportunity to develop oral proficiency, while broadening their awareness of crucial issues facing the Spanish-speaking world. We will view 12 recent films organized around the following issues:

  • migration
  • globalization
  • oppression and resistance
  • gender and sexuality

Oral assignments (2 presentations):

  • For presentation #1, students will introduce a film, discussing the director, the production, the thematics and cinematic techniques, while also analyzing one or two key scenes (working in pairs).
  • For presentation #2, students will present and discuss innovative, user-generated videos from the Spanish-speaking world (groups of 4 or 5).

Oral interviews: At mid-term and at the end of term, students will meet with the professor to discuss the films and topics of discussion.

Assigned films must be viewed outside of class as homework. All films are available for streaming either on the U-M Library website or on commercial platforms (Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, or YouTube). Dvds of the films are also on reserve in the LRC and Askwith Media Center (Undergraduate Library). The complete list of films is on the syllabus. Reading assignments are minimal, but occasionally, the class will read and discuss articles and reviews pertinent to the films and issues we are discussing (available on CTools). Students should also study an on-line manual of critical terms for analyzing film.

Writing assignments include three film reviews, 2 – 3 pages each. Students will also complete brief exercises to develop vocabulary and review key points of grammar.

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Class-time will be devoted to activities that maximize oral expression, among them: presentations, panel discussions, mock interviews, debates, and small-group activities.


SPANISH 280 - Conversation Through Spanish/Latin American Film
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