European Cinema in Context: Transforming Images, States, Histories

Course code FMCS2301Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course develops students' knowledge of European cinema as emanating from and playing out within particular social, cultural and political contexts, as well as more 'global' impacts and accounts, and the critical and theoretical debates pertaining thereto.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
ObjectivesThe course investigates the changing nature of European filmmaking and its attendant discourses. It assists students in developing skills that will enable them to:

1. Locate European cinema within significant historical, social, political, and cultural contexts.
2. Apply different theories of representation, textual analysis and spectatorship to the analyses of particular films.
3. Differentiate between major examples of filmmaking in Europe when it comes to specific contexts and aesthetic modes, while also stressing the cross-cultural nature of European filmmaking and discourse.
4. Evaluate influential writings of different critics and film theorists as directly related to each week's primary film and topic.
5. Engage with and contribute to broad critical debates and scholarship by making use of relevant secondary films & literature.
ContentTopics may include the following:
a) the study of representative and influential films from a number of European countries;
b) films addressed as complex technological, industrial, aesthetic and culturally important representational systems;
c) theoretical, analytical and historically-informed approaches particularly applicable to European cinema and emerging in
response thereto;
d) the changing interface between national, regional and global cinemas in the context of European nation-states & the EU;
e) a consideration of long-held discourses and debates around the European film director as paradigmatic 'art cinema'
author; and
f) the developed study of important European film 'movements' such as the French new wave, Italian Neorealism,
New West-)German cinema, Dogme 95, etc.
Replacing Course(s)FILM3140 European Cinema in Context: Transforming Images, States, Histories, and FILM3004 Contemporary European Cinema
TransitionStudents are not permitted to enrol in FMCS2301 European Cinema in Context: Transforming Images, States, Histories if they have previously completed FILM3140 European Cinema in Context: Transforming Images, States, Histories or FILM3004 Contemporary European Cinema.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units in FILM at 1000 level.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLaboratory
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsFilm Analysis of 1,000 words, featuring a close analysis of a film within the course (20%)

Major Essay of 2,500 words, featuring extensive research beyond primary course materials (40%)
JournalWeekly Journal assessing students' engagement with films and readings (total 40%)
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for FMCS2301