30475 - CRITICAL APPROACHES TO THE ARTS II - MODULE II (CINEMA)
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 31
There are no formal prerequisites for this course. You may or may not already be a cinema follower. Anyone can take this course.
The role of cinema in our society is a complex one starting with the factor of entertainment as popular expression. On a deeper analysis, cinema represents the expression of social mores, collective anxieties and cultural paradigms. The course has three principal objectives: - Provide the students with a comprehensive understanding of how cinema works both technically and culturally. - Help the student develop a personal understanding of major social theories as well as the capacity for expressing and analyzing cinematic narrative. - Teach structural, cultural and linguistic theories which help the student identify significant social-cultural themes within cinematic narrative.
This course offers the student a complex understanding of cinema, its structure and its meaning.
- Analysis of the cinematic language and its relation to social theories and Consumer Culture Theory.
- Overview of the roles and professions in the film industry.
- Theoretical basis of the cultural questions represented through cinema and their relationship to social and psychological needs.
- How story structure guides our emotional response.
- The vision of key films in order to understand their lingustic development and social significance.
The course is based on the vision and subsequent in-class discussion of specific films which have attracted the public's attention for various motives.
- Analyze the semiotic meaning of any scene in any film.
- Understand the social theories at the basis of each characters narrative.
- Have a good grasp of the cinematographic elements utilzed in a film's narration.
- Understand the narrative structure of a film and evaluate its effectiveness.
- Appreciate various genres of film.
- Distinguish the anthropological as well as cultural values expressed in a film's narrative.
- Evaluate a films potential value and cultural appeal.
- Understand and evaluate the professional roles connected to the production of a film.
- Relate cultural disruptions and values seen in a film to other areas of consumer marketing.
- Relate a film's theme to a larger understanding of contemporary consumer culture.
- Recognize a story's potential appeal relating to the psychological and social treatment of the protagonist.
- Face-to-face lectures
- Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
- Individual assignments
- The in-class vision of films followed by group discussion.
- In-class lectures.
|Continuous assessment||Partial exams||General exam|
The partial paper is a semiotic, cinematographic and sociological analysis of a video clip.
There is no partial paper for non-attending students.
- E. ROZZO (edited by), Cinema and social theory.
- P. JONES, Introduction to social theory.