BA Film Studies and Middle Eastern Studies / Course details
Year of entry: 2019
Course unit details:
Introduction to World Cinema
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
Description: This course unit provides students with an introduction to key aesthetic movements and concepts in world cinema from the 1950s to the present across a range of cinemas. Lectures and seminar sessions explore the importance of New Wave cinemas in Europe and beyond, moving on to explore 'new' cinema movements in East Asia, North Africa and South America, and areas whose languages and cultures are studied in the School. Integrated VLE (Blackboard) materials support the learning experience and offer students guidance on doing film studies in the context of the course.
On successful completion of this course unit, students will:
a) apply basic analytical skills to a range of world cinema production;
b) have a fundamental grasp on in the textual and contextual analysis of films;
c) have a critical understanding of the aesthetic, historical and ideological dimensions of World Cinema;
d) developed informed strategies for working in a crossdisciplinary
On successful completion of the course unit, students will have developed further their ability to:
a) work independently;
b) argue critically and coherently;
c) present information in a convincing and accessible manner;
d) developed intercultural understanding in global contexts.
Teaching and learning methods
Convenor: Dr Cathy Gelbin
Taught by: Members of staff from a range of disciplines within the School. Seminar leader: Ms Gozde Naiboglu
Teaching and learning methods:
A total of 33 hours classroom time (1-hour weekly lecture, 1-hour weekly seminar), and 1 weekly screening generally of 2-3 hours.
Language of Teaching: English (all films are subtitled, although students studying modern languages are expected to study films in the original as appropriate).
Nature and Timing of Feedback
Feedback for this module consists of
Comments made during class (mainly seminar) discussion regarding the relevance and coherence of student responses/participation in discussion.
Coursework: individual written comments supplied by Friday of week 9, plus face-to-face discussion if desired, on the understanding that this de-anonymises the student. Global feedback is posted on Blackboard, by Friday of week 10.
All students are entitled to request individual feedback on their examination performance, based on the comments of examiners, and on the understanding that this de-anonymises the student.
(1) 1 acw essay of 2,500 words (40%) to be submitted online. Deadline: TBA
(2) 2-hour exam requiring two questions to be answered (60%). Students will not be permitted to answer questions relating principally to material treated in the coursework essays.
Set films (in order of release date: films may be taught in a different order)
Les Quatre Cents Coups/The 400 Blows. Dir. François Truffaut (France) 1959
L'Année dernière à Marienbad. Dir. Alain Resnais (France) 1961.
Lásky jedné plavovlásky / Loves of a Blonde Dir. Miloš Forman (Czechoslovakia) 1964
Angst essen Seele auf / Fear Eats the Soul, Dir.Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Germany) 1974
Iskinderiyya'Lih? / Alexandria' Why?, Dir. Youssef Chahine (Egypt) 1978
Lola und Bilidikid/Lola and Bilidikid, Dir. Kutlug Ataman (Germany) 1999
Samt al-Qusr / Silences of the Palace, Dir. Mufida Tlatli (Tunisia) 1994
PLUS one film from Latin America and one from East Asia (t.b.c.)
Linda Badley, R. Barton Palmer & Stephen Jay Schneider (eds) Traditions in World Cinema (Edinburgh: EUP, 2006)
David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, Film Art, 5th edn (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1997)
Pam Cook and Mieke Bernink, eds., The Cinema Book, 2nd edn (London: BFI, 1999)
J Dudley Andrew, The Major Film Theories (Oxford: OUP, 1976)
Susan Hayward, Key Concepts in Cinema Studies (London: Routledge, 1996)
James Monaco, How to Read a Film (New York: OUP, 1977)
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||2.5|
|Independent study hours|
|Cathy Gelbin||Unit coordinator|
Taught during: Semester 2
BA Levels 2 & 3: Film-related course units as listed in the Course Directory for English Language/Linguistics/A Modern Language AND Screen Studies, Joint Hons.
This unit is open to 2nd year students (permission required from Programme Director)
Timetable: Lectures Friday 12-1
Screenings Friday 2-5
Seminars to be confirmed
Maximum entry: 100