Media and film studies

Issues in Global Cinema A

Module code: P3030
Level 4
30 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar, Film
Assessment modes: Coursework

Issues in Global Cinemas extends your understanding of critical issues associated with the study of film. We will introduce you to the global history of the medium from the 1950s to the present.

The module focuses on critical analysis of distinct modes of global film culture, from the emergence of "world cinema" as a category of “foreign” cinema in the 1950s to today’s global blockbusters.

We examine the ways films relate to social and political change, including struggles associated with post-colonialism. And study the ways popular modes – such as melodrama – explore the relationship between gender, national history and identity. We will also look at how films function as commodities in a global marketplace.

The module introduces you to a broad range of cinema, and we cover films from India, Brazil, Senegal, Argentina, Tunisia, Iran, China, South Korea and Australia.

Module learning outcomes

  • An appropriate knowledge of the industrial and institutional contexts of significant developments in global film culture since the 1960s.
  • An appropriate understanding of critical debates concerned with the representation of history, politics and gender in diverse national contexts.
  • An appropriate understanding of critical debates concerned with the cultural and economic flows that characterise global film cultures.
  • The ability to integrate critical sources in the analysis of film.
  • Appropriate presentation skills in written work.