FILM 1001 - French Cinema: History, Genre and Style

North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2021

This course will introduce, examine and analyse key French films released over the past hundred years. It will introduce each film's social and cultural context, and explore their visual and thematic richness. It will also identify the industrial, economic and political backdrops against which the films were produced, and examine the role cinema was playing at several crucial moments in French society (such as the 1930s, the post-war era, and the 21st century). Building on skills developed in 'Introduction to Film Studies' (ENGL 1105) around issues of genre, history, visual style, editing, gender and sound, this course will apply various methodological frameworks (gender, star studies, audience) to answer the question 'What is so French about French cinema?'. Class discussions will focus on the set of cinematic issues raised by each film, but we shall also concentrate on emerging themes that are common to all. Moreover, we will use each film as a tool for (a) analysing cinema as an art form, (b) seeing what is distinctly 'French' about the film in terms of narrative, form and aesthetics, and (c) highlighting the wider changes in French society as explored in the films.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code FILM 1001
    Course French Cinema: History, Genre and Style
    Coordinating Unit School of Humanities
    Term Summer
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Description This course will introduce, examine and analyse key French films released over the past hundred years. It will introduce each film's social and cultural context, and explore their visual and thematic richness. It will also identify the industrial, economic and political backdrops against which the films were produced, and examine the role cinema was playing at several crucial moments in French society (such as the 1930s, the post-war era, and the 21st century). Building on skills developed in 'Introduction to Film Studies' (ENGL 1105) around issues of genre, history, visual style, editing, gender and sound, this course will apply various methodological frameworks (gender, star studies, audience) to answer the question 'What is so French about French cinema?'.

    Class discussions will focus on the set of cinematic issues raised by each film, but we shall also concentrate on emerging themes that are common to all. Moreover, we will use each film as a tool for (a) analysing cinema as an art form, (b) seeing what is distinctly 'French' about the film in terms of narrative, form and aesthetics, and (c) highlighting the wider changes in French society as explored in the films.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Ben McCann

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    This course is offered fully online and intensively over a 4 week period. Students engage with pre-recorded lecture materials, watch films, and participate in the equivalent of 3 hours per week of structured discussion.

    The University regards a 4-week summer course as intensive, which means you are expected to do work related to the content every weekday.

    The activities are partly driven by the assignments, readings and quizzes set on Canvas.
    A summary of tasks will be posted on Canvas shortly before the start of the course.
    You will do self-directed work in preparing for the assignments by doing readings, undertaking research and writing notes, summaries etc.
    The main channel of communication will be email or the Discussion Board on Canvas.
    I will be available for questions at a specific time for one hour, once a week. (see Canvas for details)

    Students can expect to be involved in learning and assessment activities for this course between January 18 and February 12 2021.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Analyse a range of French films and communicate ideas about them with accuracy and sophistication.
    2. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of key concepts, theories and critical approaches to the study of film.
    3. Explain how the film industry has changed over time.
    4. Utilise a broadly interdisciplinary approach to an understanding of film and its role in society.
    5. Read and interpret film criticism and apply it within an academic argument.
    6. Develop logical and coherent arguments based on evidence, and engage in critical debate.
    7. Use contemporary technologies relevant to the completion of assessment tasks.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3, 5, 6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 4, 5, 6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    6, 7
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    2, 6
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    6, 7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    You will watch 12 French films in 4 weeks (i.e. 3 films per week).

    All films will be available for home viewing through Kanopy, a free streaming service hosted by the University  Further details how which films you will be required to watch, and how to watch them, will be posted up on Canvas before the start of the course/

    There is no textbook required for this course: all required and optional course readings will be made available through Canvas before the start of the course.

    Recommended Resources
    1.     French Cinema: A Student’s Guide (Phil Powrie & Keith Reader)

    2.     The Cinema of France (ed. Phil Powrie)

    3.     French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present (Rémi Fournier Lanzoni)


    Online Learning
    This course will use MyUni, Echo360 and other resources to be announced.

    If there is sufficient interest, there may be opportunities to take part in 'webinar' discussions facilitated by the course coordinator using Zoom.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is taught entirely online: there are no face-to-face lectures, seminars, etc.

    Students will be responsible for watching the films and making notes on them in their own time.
    Lectures will be pre-recorded and distributed through Canvas.
    Classroom discussion and participation will take place via Discussion boards.
    Assessment will take place online (quizzes, essays, discussion board participation, etc.)
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Each week, students will be required to watch at least 3 films and watch 3 lectures.
    Students will also undertake several hours of reading every day over the four weeks.

    Learning Activities Summary
    More detailed information about the learning activities will be posted onto Canvas shortly before the start of the Summer School.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Details to be provided closer to the start of the Summer School.
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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