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

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 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 through a curated programme of great works from around the world. This will include early silent films from the USSR, films from the golden period of European cinema, diverse classics from India and Cuba, from Greater Asia to the Americas, to conclude with a vibrant pan-Indian Hindi film (Bollywood).
early silent films from the USSR, films from the golden period of European cinema, diverse classics from India and Cuba, from Greater Asia to the Americas, to conclude with a vibrant pan-Indian Hindi film (Bollywood).
This module develops through a thematic engagement with World Cinema.
Each weekly session will begin with a lecture 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.

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

Outline Of Syllabus

- Situate film practice within a critical appreciation of world cinema.
- Explain how films interconnect across history and geography, politics and philosophy.
- Introduce students to masterpieces from the silent period to the present, from around the world.

Explore key themes: including the language of cinema, memory & truth, the universal and the particular, and the cinematic apparatus

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00Concepts, theoretical underpinnings and debates
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading138:0038:00Further screenings and readings
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical123:0036:00Screenings and discussions
Guided Independent StudyProject work154:0054:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures and screening based seminars that set out and test key theories and concepts. Screenings of key and classic films (fiction and non-fiction) will be encouraged. The combination of illustrated lectures 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

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A100Students submit a 3,000 word essay from a list of titles
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The rationale for the assessments is to enable the students to demonstrate their intellectual grasp of film theory and aesthetics and to illustrate this through the writing of a scholarly 3000 word 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.

Reading Lists

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