30475 - CRITICAL APPROACHES TO THE ARTS II - MODULE II (CINEMA)
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 31
Class-group lessons delivered on campus
There are no formal prerequisites for this course. You may or may not already be a cinema follower. Anyone can take this course. This is an introductory course both for those already cinema followers as well as those who have not followed cinema before. All films will be shown either in English or with English sub-titles. No previous knowledge of social theory is necessary.
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, semiotic 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.
- 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 or streaming episodes in order to understand their lingustic development and social significance.
The course is based on the vision and subsequent in-class or on-line discussion of specific films or streaming episodes 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 a film's narrative and the protagonist's relation to society.
- Identify the cinematographic elements utilzed in a film's narration.
- Appreciate various genres of film from various cultures.
- Distinguish the anthropological as well as cultural values expressed in a film's narrative.
- Evaluate the sociological and psychological basis for a films cultural appeal.
- Understand and evaluate the professional roles connected to the production of a film.
- Relate a film's theme to a larger understanding of contemporary culture and social theory.
- Recognize a story's potential appeal relating to the psychological and social treatment of the protagonist.
- Face-to-face lectures
- Online lectures
- Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
- Individual assignments
- Interactive class activities (role playing, business game, simulation, online forum, instant polls)
- The in-class or on-line vision of films or episodes followed by group discussion.
- In-class and on-line lectures.
- Flash quizzes asking to relate cinematographic themes to social theories.
- An analysis of a Video Clip as a mid-term exercise.
The required Mid-term Paper is a semiotic, cinematographic and sociological analysis of a musical video clip chosen by the student. In the paper, the student uses his or her understanding of semiotics in order to analyze the cinematographic elements of a video clip and how they reveal the underlying social theories discussed in class and in readings. The same approach is used in the Final Exam where the student must elaborate on the structure of the clip seen and how their understanding of social theory and cinematic language are braided into a significant narrative with social, emotional and psychological consequences.
The Mid-Term Paper is worth 40% of your Final Grade. The Final Exam is worth the remaining 60%.
There is no partial paper for non-attending students. In the Final Exam the student must elaborate on the structure of the clip seen during the exam and how their understanding of social theory and cinematic language are braided into a significant narrative with social, emotional and psychological consequences.
The Final Exam is 100% of your Final Grade.
Cod. 30475 Class Dispensa: Cinema & Social Theory, edited by Edward Rozzo - Pelican Editions, EGEA
Introducing Social Theory, Third Edition, Pip Jones and Liz Bradbury, Polity Press