The City in Film


The course will develop students' knowledge of the impact of the modern metropolis on culture and society by examining representation of European and American cities in film.



  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Comprehension of English and foreign-language film.

2. Critical analysis of cinematic representation and argumentation.

3. Understanding of historical, social and cultural movements associated with these films.

4. Development of communication skills through discussion and writing about films and theories related to them.

5. Independent research using secondary literature related to the prescribed films.


The course looks at the impact of the modern industrial city on Western culture and how this impact is expressed in film. The course will cover notions and imagings of place, time and change in relation to specific urban locations such as Berlin, Paris and Los Angeles. Discussion will be conducted within the overarching framework of the socio-historical situation in Europe and the USA, although other issues (aesthetic, thematic, rhetorical) will also be covered.

Assumed Knowledge

As all films shown will be in English or have English subtitles, no knowledge of foreign languages is necessary. No previous knowledge of European history, geography, society or economics is assumed.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Short exercise

Essay: Long essay

Journal: Viewing diary

Quiz: 2 x Quizzes

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorials commence in week 2