Core Module Information
Module title: World Cinema

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LMD08126
Module leader: Qiao Li
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This module will further your knowledge of contemporary world cinema by examining selected case studies drawn from European, Middle Eastern, and Asian cinema. The examples will display a diverse range of film practices from different national cinemas. Particular emphasis is put on realist movements and new waves cinemas, with case studies from Denmark, Italy, Germany, France, China, Japan, South Korea, and Iran etc. This module places particular emphasis on issues surrounding national identities, genre and film authorship. While focusing on national identity and national film style, this module will also problematize the concept of ‘national cinema’ by examining transnational interaction, co-production and cross-cultural appropriation in world cinema because of the global circulation of money, commodities, information, and people. There will be weekly lectures, screenings followed by class discussions.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the historical, theoretical and methodological issues involved in the analysis of world cinema.
LO2: Examine the historical complexities of the symbiotic nature of the relationship between cinema as mass media and the nation-state in various national cinemas across the globe.
LO3: Identify major aesthetic and industrial trends in world cinema since the late twentieth century.
LO4: Undertake close textual analysis of films and film studies literature of world cinema.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Qiao Li
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module uses lectures and tutorials to provide students with a variety of independent and group learning opportunities. Weekly screenings with tutorial questions provided in advance facilitates an engaged viewing experience for students. This module aims to familiarise students with knowledge and understanding of the historical, theoretical and methodological issues involved in the analysis of world cinema (LO1). Teaching will focus on an in-depth discussion of the literary and filmic texts, which will offer students the opportunity to explore the wider critical, historical, and theoretical contexts of the primary texts. Students are encouraged to raise questions and debate interpretations throughout lectures and tutorials. Discussion helps students to process and comprehend the arguments analysed in class. The first week will set out the key case studies as well as the theoretical framework for world cinema studies. To prepare for lectures and discussions, students are expected to complete and take notes on required readings before the lecture (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4). As part of the assessment process, students will be required to complete a mid-term research essay in either written or video format based on one of the unit’s topics, in order to hone critical viewing skills, followed by a research essay that can be undertaken in written or video essay format (LOs 1-4).

Formative Assessment:
There are four main approaches to formative activities and feedback in this module. First, in both the lecture and in tutorial groups, students will have the opportunity to ask questions about and to discuss their understanding of weekly unit’s topics etc. Second, students will share their answers for weekly screening questions in class. This discursive environment will provide immediate peer and lecturer feedback on students’ comprehension and interpretation of film texts from various countries. These activities are conducted on a weekly basis. Third, during office hours students are welcome to discuss their individual essay drafts with the lecturer prior to submission. This immediate verbal feedback will provide students with indications of proper choice of topic and literature review etc. for the essay. Forth, students will be provided with extensive feedback on their essays. This opportunity for discursive feedback will be available both for the mid-term essay and the final research essay. Forth, students are encouraged to attend office hours in any week to discuss their understanding of any weekly topics in the curriculum.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment on this module is comprised of a short written analysis or video essay and accompanying reflective commentary (40%) (LO 1-4) to be submitted in Week 6; a research essay (written or video essay with reflective commentary) (60%) to be submitted in Week 13 (LO 1-4).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 36
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 1,2,3,4 6 HOURS= 00.05, WORDS= 1500
Essay 60 1,2,3,4 13 HOURS= 00.07, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

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