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Module Code: COM309
Module Title: European Cinema
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Department of Media and Communication
Pre-requisites: N/A
The module will introduce specialized knowledge on an area with a rich and diverse tradition in filmmaking. It will explore European cinema through a range of phenomena and case studies: the emergence and development of several film movements and ‘waves’, auteur cinema and the art house approach, the concept of national cinema and of pan-European productions, the representation of borders and of post-1989 political reconfigurations in Europe, the different understandings of realism in European cinema. The module will also address questions of national and cultural identity and will pay attention to the intersections of class, gender and ethnicity in a selected number of films.
Learning outcomes 
A. Demonstrate an informed understanding of the varied film cultures pertaining to European cinema

B.Critically examine the interrelationship between film and history, film and society in the European context

C. Analyse individual films using the set of conceptual and critical tools introduced by the module

D. Gain critical insight into issues of national and transnational film movements and ‘waves’ in Europe

Method of teaching and learning 



The syllabus will typically include the following topics (or similar):

• European film movements and waves such as:

German Expressionism

French poetic realism

Italian neo-realism

Kitchen sink realism


French Nouvelle Vague

Czech New Wave

New German Cinema

Dogme 95

New French Extremity

Berlin School

Romanian New Wave

• Issues in European auteur cinema;

• East vs. West in discussions of European cinema;

• Post-communist cinema in Eastern Europe.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26     13  26    85  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Essay 1 40.00
2 Essay 2 60.00

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