Feminism through Cinema in the Mediterranean Basin

Universidad de Granada

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Feminism through Cinema in the Mediterranean Basin

  • Host University

    Universidad de Granada

  • Location

    Granada, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Media Studies, Radio - Television - Film, Women's and Gender Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    There are many filmmakers who wanted to reflect in their work the situation of women in their country, in this course we will analyse the role of women in these cultures through the eyes of Berber, Tunisian, Lebanese, Spanish, French and Italian feminists filmmakers and their work that in many cases contains large doses of humour. The objective in this case will be for the student to discover elements and factors that affect women within these cultures through cinema. We will also compare the different scenarios of the Mediterranean and we will echo the different festivals that host this cinema.

    Other text or media resources will be given by the teacher and a virtual educative webpage called CLM Virtual will be used to develop the content of the course.


    • Development of a critical- thinking before the feminist movements of the Mediterranean communities, being able to analyze and deepen the main aspects of the cinema made by women and their motivation.
    • Boost the creation of holistic approach that fosters interculturality through cinema as an instrument not only for leisure, but also for denouncing and making visible the role of women in Mediterranean society.
    • Strengthen team - working system and the independence of the student to achieve a comprehensive development of the student that allows him through cinema to understand the Mediterranean society and its diversity.

    We can summarize in:

    • Understand the dimension of interculturality through cinema
    • Be able to teamwork
    • Have the ability to perform holistic analyzes that allow assimilating various approaches to reach    informed conclusions
    • Be proactive and have initiative to be independence of the student.


    • Approach students to gender studies from a multidisciplinary perspective to analyze the impact that gender constructions have on the disciplines subject to institutional teaching in the Mediterranean framework
    • Generate and disseminate knowledge to society that allows for a better understanding of economic, political and social problems, both locally and internationally, that prevent equal opportunities for men and women.
    • Academically train students in the understanding of the gender perspective as an epistemological field through cinema and in its application as a methodology of analysis and transformation of discriminatory social reality.


    • Ability to work in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, in diverse and complex social and cultural environments.\
    • Ability to recognize diversity and multiculturalism.
    • Ability to learn and communicate in diverse cultural environments.
    • Ability to be critical and self-critical.
    • Capacity for analysis and synthesis.
    • Ability to generate new ideas (imagination, creativity, originality).
    • Ability to adapt to new situations and environments.
    • Ethical and social commitment.


    • Assessment criteria are as follow:
    • Classwork & active participation + homework (15%)
    • Assignments & Research projects (20%)
    •  Final Project (15%)
    • Mid-term exam (25%)
    • Final (25%)

    There is a mandatory 80% attendance to class to be examined.


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