German MA

European and Latin-American Cinema: Transatlantic Connections MODLANG4004

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The course explores the different modalities of interaction between European (particularly Spain, France, Germany, and UK) and Latin American (particularly Mexico, Brazil, Cuba and Argentina) filmmakers, with special focus on such themes as migration, travel, hybridity and cross-cultural collaboration.


1 hour per week over both semesters at times to be arranged.


This is one of the honours options in SMLC and may not run every year. The options which are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





Coursework: one essay, c. 2000 words, to be submitted by the end of semester 2 (50%)

Examination: one 90 minute exam in the examining period of semester 1 (50%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ explore and analyse the interactions between European and Latin-American cinemas since 1950;

■ familiarise students with a selection of prominent European and Latin-American films and filmmakers;

■ explore and analyse concepts and theories in film studies relevant to the evolution of European and Latin-American cinemas;

■ explore specific areas of European and Latin-American cinema;

■ equip students with the necessary general and particular research skills such as bibliographical work, IT, planning and presentation, that will enable them to lay the basis for further academic work or vocational training in the field of visual media, translation studies (subtitling) or journalism.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate an awareness of key practices and interactions between European and Latin-American cinemas since the late 1940s;

■ Show a critical response to a range of prominent European and Latin-American films and filmmakers;

■ Demonstrate a grounding in film language and the ability to use the principal skills involved in reading and writing about film; 

■ Carry out independent research towards completion of essay;

■ Display written communication skills (essay writing; scene commentary).

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.