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Module

MCH1034 : Introduction to World Cinema: Ideas, Art, Cultures

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Geetha Jayaraman
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

'Introduction to World Cinema’ will enable students to develop a deep understanding and appreciation
of narrative and/or documentary film as a cinematic art. This is crucial to nurture a sophisticated film sensibility and sensitivity to the medium and stimulate awareness of the world at large that in turn will inform the film practice of the students over the course of the degree and beyond. The module will provide a critical window to World Cinema, both fiction and/or documentary through a curated programme of great works from around the world.

Aims:
1. To situate film practice within a critical appreciation of World Cinema
2. To explain how films interconnect across history and geography, politics and philosophy
3. To introduce students to masterpieces from silent era to present, from around the world
4. To stimulate an appetite for ideas, art and culture through World Cinema
5. To prompt students to see, read and research World Cinema

Outline Of Syllabus

This module develops through a thematic engagement with World Cinema while covering a range of place and time. Each session will begin with a presentation that will contextualize the selected film in its social and historical milieu. It will discuss an aspect of cinematic art that is emblematic of both film and filmmaker and the complex relationship between the theme, film and the particularity of place. Viewing of the (non-synchronous) screening will be encouraged after the online synchronous presentation and as preparation for the seminar.

Students are encouraged to write in the online blog that responds to the films as they are screened and discussed in class.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities92:0018:00Screenings
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities144:0044:00Further screenings and readings
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time91:009:00Presentations; concepts/theories/debates. Synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time91:009:00Online synchronous seminars
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module will be delivered through a combination of presentations and screening based seminars in a film festival format (as outlined in the aims section) that set out and explore key theories and concepts. The combination of presentations to give a structure and context for learning, and reading-based discussion in seminars will enable students to have both the breadth and depth of understanding.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A1004000 words. 3000 essay and 1000 word selection of blog entries produced throughout module
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The rationale for the assessments is to enable the students to demonstrate their intellectual grasp of World Cinema and to illustrate this through the writing of a scholarly essay. They will be expected to draw on a range of film traditions and auteurs in order to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the diverse histories of film practice. The blog entries they make during the course of the module will not be assessed as this blogging is to encourage the students to take part in a scholarly discussion of the films seen, but students will have to submit a 1,000-word selection from their blog along with the essay. This will make the entries regular and serious.

Reading Lists

Timetable