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Undergraduate Course: Latin American Media Studies: Technological Disobedience (ELCH09035)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryWorking with a variety of media objects ranging from newsreels and television to video activism and photography, students will explore the complexity of technological and media artifacts, especially as they relate the political, social and cultural impact of media in Latin American (and diasporic) contexts.
Course description Working with a variety of media objects ranging from newsreels and television to video activism and photography, students will explore the complexity of technological and media artifacts, especially as they relate the political, social and cultural impact of media in Latin American (and diasporic) contexts. Considering and re-considering media in relation to intersectional concerns, such as race and gender, students will read seminal theorists on technology and media, and will also explore critics whose work contends with Latin America's specificity. Approaching media from diverse perspectives infused by feminism, queer studies, Afro-diasporic and anti-colonial perspectives, students will explore the complex media narratives that coexist in Latin America as a key player in the Global South. This course will be delivered by a mixture of presentations, set readings, media objects to analyse, and class discussion.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesIn order to be eligible to take 4th Year Options, Visiting Students should have the equivalent of at least two years of study at University level of the appropriate language(s) and culture(s)
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%:

500-word commentary (40%)
2,000-word comparative essay (45%)
Presentation (15%)
Feedback Students will receive detailed written feedback on both presentations and their written work. Optional follow-up sessions will be available for face-to-face consultation to help students understand the implications of this feedback, and to further explore ways in which future work might be enhanced.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate familiarity with a diverse range of Latin American media forms, and the arguments that surround their deployment.
  2. examine the ways in which the analysis of different forms of media contribute to the understanding of broader political struggles and social contexts.
  3. critically explore key concepts and frameworks in Latin American media studies and media studies more broadly in order to substantiate their arguments.
  4. evaluate the way media studies has evolved and/or remain constant in different media ecologies.
  5. critically analyse the diversity of media use or reception within Latin America.
Reading List
The course provides an accompanying Resource List. All key works/resources are currently available through our library catalogue, DiscoverEd.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills As an outcome of having studied this course, students will benefit from having developed a range of professional and personal skills commensurate with the range of SCQF Level 10 characteristics:
Knowledge and understanding: students will have had the opportunity to demonstrate their critical understanding of a range of the principal theories and concepts of media analysis in relation to their reading and discussion of the course material;
Applied Knowledge, Skills and Understanding: in their work for class discussion, presentations and formal assessment tasks, students will have been able to practice the application of these theories and concepts in their construction of arguments about the course material;
Generic Cognitive skills: in completing assessed essays and class presentations, students will have practiced identifying, defining, conceptualizing and analysing complex problems and issues germane to the discipline;
Communication: through participating in these tasks students will also have demonstrated the ability to communicate ideas and information about specialized topics in the discipline to an informed audience of their peers and subject specialists;
Autonomy and Working with Others: students will also have the opportunity to work autonomously and in small groups on designated tasks, develop new thinking with their peers, and take responsibility for the reporting, analysis and defense of these ideas.
KeywordsLatin America,media,documentary,film
Course organiserDr Jessica Gordon-Burroughs
Tel: (0131 6)50 3679
Course secretary
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