Hispanic Cinema

Course Code:

Credit Hours:

Effective beginning:

001, 700B, 700C


Course Description:
This course is a study of the films, related philosophic foundations and directors of the cinema of Latin America and Spain. This course will be taught in English. Approximately 14 full-length feature films will be viewed in the original Spanish (one in Portuguese) with English subtitles. Students will write essays examining various themes in the films and discussed in class. This course has been designated as an international/diversity course. SPT 2521 fulfills 6,000 words of the Gordon Rule writing requirement.


Course Details


Grades of ā€œCā€ or higher in ENC 1101-1102.



Dr. Mark Ebel


Required textbooks/ course materials:

No textbook required.

  • An account (student account suggested) on either Netflix, Amazon Prime, or other provider which offers streaming of international films from a large database.
  • Instructor Handouts


Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

H-1  Identify the humanities in various cultures.

H-2  Elucidate the historical context of human artistic expressions.

H-3  Analyze artistic expressions and articulate informed responses.

H-4  Identify reasons to preserve the humanities.

H-5  Describe core human beliefs and principles in the humanities.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Describe works in Spanish history, music, and the arts

Identify foreign film directors, film personalities, and foreign film industries 

Construct an informed personal reaction to works of Spanish literature and film 

H2, H-3, SS-6, C-3

H-2, T-1, C-3

H-1, H-2, H3, H-6, C-1, C-3,

Cumulative Final Essay


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

This course will be taught in English.  Students will view a full-length feature film in the original Spanish with English subtitles. A one- to two-page essay will be written on thematic material introduced and discussed in class. There will be a lecture and discussion on the material assigned and the film previously seen. Written assignments are expected to display originality of thought and a degree of critical analysis. One assignment will require the consultation and citation of at least three sources.


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