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BA Film Studies and English Language

Year of entry: 2021

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


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. Blackboard materials support the learning experience and offer students guidance on doing film studies in the context of the course.



  • To provide students with an overview of aesthetic approaches and key themes in world cinema since the second world war
  • To acquaint students with some of the social, political, cultural and academic debates that accompany those representations/approaches
  • To equip students with the necessary analytical and critical skills to analyse the corpus films and evaluate representational and aesthetic strategies deployed by filmmakers 

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the aesthetic and cultural approaches in world cinema since the end of the second world war
  • Evidence an ability to critically analyse films and evaluate their approach to portraying their themes in the light of local aesthetic and cultural debates
  • Demonstrate an awareness of how approach impact representational strategies and aesthetics


Intellectual skills

  • Demonstrate an ability to make connections between concepts, and apply these relationships in analysis and argument
  • Demonstrate an ability to synthesise material from diverse sources, consider multiple and competing lines of argument, evaluate arguments of others, and revise approaches in response to feedback
  • Demonstrate an ability to initiate and undertake critical analysis of the corpus films and to develop a line of argument in response


Practical skills

  • Communicate understanding of course materials effectively in both speech (as evidenced through seminar participation) and writing (as evidenced by summative assessments)


Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively with others about intellectually demanding concepts, topics, materials
  • demonstrate an ability to draw with accuracy, focus, detail and precision on complex materials in independent and group work
  • demonstrate an ability to effectively present – through discussion and in writing – complex topics, drawing convincingly on oral, written and visual media as appropriate to the topic


Employability skills

Employability skills that students can expect to gain from successful completion of this module include: ¿ a good level of critical thinking and problem-solving skills ¿ an ability to develop detailed, planned and multi-layered approaches to tasks ¿ an ability to work productively as part of a group and independently in learning environments that present complex challenges ¿ an enhanced ability to effectively adapt self-presentation to different audiences/contexts, especially when communicating complex topics

Assessment methods

Group Sequence Analysis 40%
Exam 60%
Verbal response to group discussions in class NA (formative)


Feedback methods

Feedback method

Formative or Summative

Essay – written




Verbal response to group discussions in class



Recommended reading

Chaudhuri, Shohini (2005) Contemporary World Cinema (Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press).


Dennison, Stephanie and Song Hwee Lim (2006) ‘Situating World Cinema as a Theoretical Problem’, in Dennison and Lim (eds) Remapping World Cinema: Identity, Culture and Politics in Film (London & New York, Wallflower Press): pp.1–15.


Ezra, Elizabeth and Terry Rowden (2006) ‘General Introduction: What Is Transnational Cinema?’, in Ezra and Rowden (eds) Transnational Cinema: The Film Reader (London and New York, Routledge): pp.1–12.


Higbee, Will and Song Wee Lim (2010) ‘Concepts of Transnational Cinema: Towards a Critical Transnationalism in Film Studies’, Transnational Cinemas 1(1): pp.7–21.


Kuhn, Annette and Grant, Catherine ‘Screening world cinema,’ in: Screening World Cinema: a Screen Reader, ed. Annette Kuhn and Catherine Grant. London: Routledge 2006, pp. 3-13.


Nagib, Lúcia (2006) ‘Towards a Positive Definition of World Cinema’, in Dennison and Lim (eds) Remapping World Cinema: Identity, Culture and Politics in Film (London & New York, Wallflower Press): pp.30–7.



Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 27.5
Independent study hours
Independent study 172.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Felicia Chan Unit coordinator

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