Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course explores technological, aesthetic, political, conceptual and cultural shifts in contemporary world cinema through the detailed examination of a number of important films and related scholarship from the recent past. Appropriate theoretical, analytical and historical perspectives are applied to the films in order to both highlight the complex changes in global cinema practices, reception and discourse, and address the specificity, diversity, and cross-cultural interconnectedness of what is increasingly studied as a global art-form. Each week we will investigate a film and set of analytical concepts by paying close attention to a specific cultural context and the complex ways local, national and regional experiences and practices relate and play out within an increasingly 'globalised' world.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2019.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Examine the significance and diversity of recent world cinema by studying select films from different countries and their aesthetic, cultural, and political contexts.

2. Analyse films as cross-cultural texts spanning local, national, regional, and global communication networks.

3. Debate ‘world cinema’ as a concept through consulting and discussing recent interdisciplinary scholarship devoted to this topic.

4. Demonstrate high-level undergraduate analytical, critical, and communication skills by engaging with recent world cinema research.


Course topics may include:

  • Recent films selected from a variety of different regions, nations and cultures across Asia, Africa, Europe, America and the Middle East;
  • the rich contemporary history of global filmmaking outside of familiar Hollywood models;
  • such films as suggesting complex technological, industrial, aesthetic and cultural representational systems;
  • theoretical, analytical and historical approaches appropriate to the study of contemporary cinema;
  • the changing cultural, aesthetic and economic interface between national, regional and global cinemas and experience; and
  • the dialectical relationships between new and old, innovation and tradition, 'us' and 'them', 'the West and the rest', self and other.

Or other contemporary topics as appropriate.

Assumed knowledge

60 units of 1000 level courses

Assessment items

Journal: Journal x 2 (40%)

Written Assignment: Research exercise (20%)

Essay: Major Essay (40%)

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