Case Study in World Cinema - FILM5830

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 5 30 (15) Frances Guerin checkmark-circle


For much of film history and in most of the world, Hollywood productions have dominated the market share of film consumption. Nevertheless, film production is a worldwide phenomenon and these 'world' or 'national' cinemas have significant cultural, social and economic functions both within domestic contexts and abroad. This module investigates cinema from one world country or region. The case study will vary from year to year: for example, Latin America; Scandinavia; Eastern Europe; China, Korea and/or Japan. In introducing films from the case-study nation or region, the module aims to study how filmmakers actively franchise, adopt and rework film styles and genres; respond to the (film) culture and history of the domestic country and also to 'Hollywood' and international cultures; and/or tailor their practice to tastes of local and foreign audiences and gatekeepers. Above and beyond, the module will investigate the funding structures, distribution strategies and/or other industrial structures and norms that incentivise certain topics and representation styles. We will critically assess transnational aspects of the 'national' cinema in question, in the context of international multi-media corporate conglomerates' involvement in creative industries.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 50
Private study hours: 250
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Essay 1 (2,000 words) (40%)
Essay 2 (3,000 words) (60%)

Reassessment methods:
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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 acquire an in-depth knowledge of issues emerging in regional cinemas, including issues of industry and policy;
2 understand the origins of the historical, cultural and aesthetic specificities of regional cinemas
3 trace cultural flows and aesthetic exchanges taking place within regional cinemas;
4 develop comparative and global perspectives on various trends, cycles, and movements within the genres and styles of regional cinemas;
5 delineate how transnational forces within the global film industry transform production, distribution and exhibition;
6 have broadened and deepened their understanding of world film industries and aesthetics.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 develop verbal and written communication, including the communication of complex concepts about film to a variety of audiences in accessible ways;
2 examine and debate conceptual approaches;
3 acquire the ability to organise and deploy specific conceptual and analytical arguments;
4 develop skills in historical and critical enquiry and interpretation, use of reference sources and judging evidence;
5 learn how to organise their private study and library research;
6 learn how to present properly referenced coursework;
7 acquire the ability to manage a workload in the context of a professional organisation.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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