Undergraduate Program Status
Culture and Self
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The course introduces milestone films in the history of cinema from its beginning to the present day along with the institutional analysis of the film industry development, highlighting selected periods, movements, and national cinematic traditions (France, Britain, Germany, Russia, US, Japan, etc.). The course also includes discussions on the historiography of film history, considering the tension between transnational and national frameworks of analysis. It encourages individual research and teaches students the basics of visual analysis.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able:
- to understand development of film as a technological medium and a visual language across a diverse range of historical periods and cultures;
- to distinguish historical periods, artistic movements, and national contexts;
- to demonstrate an awareness of theoretical approaches to studying cinema;
- to analyze films by interpreting visual and narrative information;
- to engage a range of critical methodologies for the interpretation of historical and contemporary films;
- to conduct independent research;
- to structure a written work towards communicating a lucid and original argument and to present it in an appropriate style, with bibliography and filmography;
- to prepare and perform oral presentation(s) that communicates facts and arguments.