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Issues related to gender and sexuality are key to understand social and cultural practices in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries in the Americas. In this subject such issues are explored in relation to their representation in cultural texts – including fiction literature, film and TV. Major themes to be explored include gender violence, gay marriage legislation, gender reassignment legislation, post-colonial feminisms, new masculinities, and sexism in language.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- understand the significance of gender relations in contemporary Spanish-language societies;
- understand indigenous, local and regional notions of gender and sexuality in Latin America and Spain;
- be able to critically analyse contemporary representations of gender and sexuality in literature, film and TV;
- recognise and identify instances of sexism in the Spanish language;
- continue to expand Spanish-language reading and writing skills.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed an understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness / openness to the world: through the contextualisation of judgements and knowledge, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and new aspects of Spanish culture, and by formulating arguments;
- be able to communicate intelligibly and economically: through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussions and class presentations;
- have developed public speaking and confidence in self-expression: through tutorial participation and class presentations.
Last updated: 19 November 2019