Studies in Foreign Film: Global [CRN 81948]

Discipline: Linguistics, Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Instructor: Hirchi
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1100
End: 1220
Field Work: Day 1 | September 15, 2018 | Spain
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

This course will provide a survey of a series of films from the countries we will be visiting during fall 2018 voyage. Each film will serve as a springboard to introduce viewers to the national culture/s of the visited nations. We will look at the relationship between the local and the global with a focus on the spaces of intersection that inform individual and communal identities, the cinematic constructions of national/ international cultural entities, and the alternative approaches to the reading of visual images. Students will develop a basic vocabulary for discussing and writing about cinema.

Pairs or teams of students will be responsible of presenting on a specific national film.

The class will be student-centered with an emphasis on careful readings, daily discussions, group work and presentations. At the end of the term students will write a research paper related to cinema in ONE of the countries studied.

Field Work

Country: Spain
Day: 1
Date: September 15, 2018

The purpose of this tour is to offer students an opportunity to familiarise themselves with a number of iconic historical sites that have been associated with famous films that have enormously contributed to the development of Spanish and World cinema.  Students will be required to inquire about these places, to ask questions about the significance of these sites in the Spanish cultural imaginary and to take accurate notes to share with their classmates and their instructor in class discussions.   Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the impact of globalization on Spanish culture
  2. Deepening students critical understanding of the visual dimensions of Spanish culture
  3. Encouraging students to live a multicultural experience through cinema