Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


A focused study of recent trends in world cinema and related scholarship emphasising local, national, and international contexts, cross-cultural flows and impact. The course uses select 'case studies' through which to examine contemporary developments as informed by debates around the transforming role of national cinemas within an increasingly global system of production and consumption.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. The ability to locate films in their particular historical and cultural contexts, with a detailed understanding of local considerations, national identity, and trans-national and -cultural connections;

2. A detailed, critically informed account of the discourses surrounding the concepts of local and national identity, and debates around 'globalisation';

3. A developed knowledge of particular film cultures selected for study, in their domestic and international importance;

4. An appreciation of the different ways societies negotiate their identities through films; and

5. Well-developed skills in the textual, historical and theoretical analysis of films in their changing cultural contexts.


The course deals with subjects such as:

  • The historical and ongoing development of national cinema and national identity as intertwined concepts, and the debates pertaining thereto;
  • film reflecting local and national characteristics and interests, yet also as made up of strong transnational and transcultural elements;
  • film as a complex cultural product through studying specific national cinemas and their increasingly transnational role by engaging historical, ideological, and textual modes of analysis;
  • concepts such as 'national identity', 'intertextuality' and 'cross-cultural analysis', pursued as in-process theoretical and methodological issues;
  • how films' national and transnational currents play out concerns central to the ongoing 'globalisation debate' as it affects issues of cultural identity, including specific localized differences and problems within national/cultural centers and their diasporas.

Assumed knowledge

20 units of Film courses at 1000 level.

Assessment items

Essay: Minor Essay

Written Assignment: Research Exercise

Essay: Major Essay