FILM 3004 - Screening the World: Global Film Aesthetics
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code FILM 3004 Course Screening the World: Global Film Aesthetics Coordinating Unit School of Humanities Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact 3 hours per week, plus 4 ad hoc screenings during the course of the Semester Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites Minimum of 15 units in the Major must be completed before taking the capstone Assumed Knowledge All FILM courses and some ENGL/MDIA courses Course Description This course is the capstone for the Film major and acts as a bridge into Honours/MPhil.
The course will introduce students to the cinemas of Asia, South and Central America, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. The approach is to get us thinking about cinemas other than Hollywood and the Anglophone world in order to develop a sensitivity in our critical engagement with cinema and to build upon knowledge of other cinemas, and the aesthetics, narratives and practices that shape them.
Students will be introduced to a wide range of `World? cinema that are often never exhibited outside of their national and cultural context. This is essential in order to understand the films from the perspective of their intended audience and not from the vantage point of the `distant observer?. However, it is also important not to exoticise the ?othernesss of the other?.
We seek to consider world cinema as a dynamic circulation of transnational flows: moving away from cinema as an assemblage of disparate histories, the course maps changes across time, space, language and cultures. Relevant theoretical, analytical and historical perspectives will be studied and applied to various films to address ideas of cross-cultural interconnectedness in a globalised, media-saturated culture.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Ben McCann
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Course Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate a detailed and high-level understanding of the essential theoretical ideas of world cinema 2. Situate the chosen films in their broader historical and theoretical contexts 3. Communicate effectively in a range of formats (but particularly through the production of an extended dissertation) a thorough grasp of the aesthetic and narrative tendencies of world cinema 4. Develop cross-cultural methods of analysis and apply these to the films studied
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
1, 2, 4
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
1, 2, 3, 4
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
1, 2, 3
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
1, 2, 3, 4
Required ResourcesFilms to be accessed by the students via Kanopy, Stan, iTunes, Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube or other streaming services.
Some films will be screened in class at strategic points in the semester and periodically 'paused' to assist student discussion and feedback.
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.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes3 hours per week
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.156 hours per semester: contact hours + reading + research + regular assessment activities
Learning Activities Summary
Week Lecture topic / theme 1 Introduction to World Cinema 2 Asian cinema (China) 3 Asian cinema (South Korea) 4 Asian cinema (Japan) 5 Iranian cinema (Abbas Kiarostami) 6 African cinema (Senegal, Sembene and Mati Diop) 7 German cinema 8 Russian cinema 9 Scandinavian cinema 10 South American cinema (Brazil) 11 South American cinema (Chile) 12 Conclusions and Roma
Specific Course RequirementsA minimum of 15 units in the major must be completed before taking this capstone course.
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Assessment SummaryResearch portfolio (25%) - 1, 2, 3, 4
Mini-research Essay (25%) - 1, 2, 3, 4
Major-research Dissertation (50%) - 1, 2, 3, 4
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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
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