Indian Cinema: Popular Hindi Film (P5057)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This module introduces you to popular Hindi cinema, the dominant Indian film industry. Students explore the distinctive formal conventions of the Hindi film, and trace its relationship with Indian society from the post-independence era to the contemporary period of globalization. You will consider specific periods (the 1950s, the 1970s and the 1990s) in order to investigate Hindi cinema’s response to social and political change in India. Specific topics of inquiry may include:

  • realism and politics
  • gender and sexuality
  • diaspora and community
  • stardom and performance
  • rebellion and morality
  • music and emotion

In addition, you will deepen their skills in independent research and contextual and textual analysis.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 66 hours of contact time and about 84 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.