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BA Film Studies and German

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Introduction to World Cinema

Unit code SALC11002
Credit rating 20
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.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes:
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

Transferable skills:
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.

Assessment methods

(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.

Recommended reading

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.)

Recommended texts:
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)

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2.5
Demonstration 0.1
Lectures 11
Seminars 10
Tutorials 18
Independent study hours
Independent study 158.4

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Darren Waldron Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Prerequisite: None

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

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