SPAN20300 Spaces of Conflict in Spanish Film

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module explores the representation and construction of space and place in a range of Spanish films, here, space and place are understood as the locus for social, cultural, political and racial conflict. Sensitive to historical context, it investigates five topical space-themes related to Spain, from the end of the civil war to the present day, namely: haunted spaces; geopolitical peripheries; cultural displacement; the remapping of the past; and migration. The films studied are: El espíritu de la colmena (Víctor Erice 1973), Pa negre (Agustí Villaronga 2010), Carmen (Carlos Saura 1983), Soldados de Salamina (David Trueba, 2002) and Retorno a Hansala (Chus Gutiérrez, 2008).

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Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this modules students will:

Have become familiar with theories of space and place

Demonstrate an awareness of social, political and cultural issues related to Spain, from the end of the civil war to the present-day.

Be able to analyse and interpret film scenes making use of technical terminology to discuss in terms of narrative, aesthetics and socio-cultural and political context.

Produce original, theory-informed and context sensitive critical analysis of Spanish films.

Indicative Module Content:


Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module will be delivered face-to-face through two lectures, seminars, or workshops per week. Students will be expected to read and watch set scenes from the texts and films ahead of class, to prepare questions or read secondary sources for seminars, and to participate actively in discussions. The summative assessment has two components: a scene analysis (35%) and a final essay (65%). Formative work and activities will be set as practice for these assessments, with feedback provided by the module coordinator. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Essay: Answer one of the set essay questions about one (or more) of the core films studied (minimum 2,000 words).
Unspecified n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Analyse a 3-5 min scene focusing on the ways in which it visually narrates a story, conveys or subverts ideas (minimum 750 words). Unspecified n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Name Role
Dr Mary Farrelly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Paul McAleer Lecturer / Co-Lecturer