MCH1034 : Introduction to World Cinema: Ideas, Art, Cultures
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Geetha Jayaraman
- Owning School: Arts & Cultures
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
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.
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
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||1:00||12:00||Concepts, theoretical underpinnings and debates|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||60:00||60:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||38:00||38:00||Further screenings and readings|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||12||3:00||36:00||Screenings and discussions|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||1||54:00||54:00||N/A|
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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||A||100||Students 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.