The dynamic scale and variety of cinema production across the world is explored across the genres of drama, sci-fi, horror, animation, western, fantasy and action. We look at global cinema in comparison to the sometimes dominant Hollywood conglomerates such as Disney, Sony and WarnerMedia, along with the contexts of their production and conventions of narrative iconography. Students are encouraged to appreciate how audiences experience the aesthetic and technical qualities and traditions of diverse film productions. How the transferability and adaptability of cultural communication is manifested through the films will form a focus of theoretical discussions.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review a diverse range of films with reference to distinct cultural traditions and genres of world cinemas;  
  2. Investigate the diversity of cinema production outside the dominant Hollywood model;  
  3. Analyse international film genres and styles with use of theoretical texts; and  
  4. Critically reflect upon relationships between cinema genre, national cinema and cultures.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Film review 20%
Creative Works Short video on cinema genre and style 20%
Essay Comparative analysis of films 30%
Presentation Group presentation 30%

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