GEN1015 - Film and Society
This module introduces to students the nature, role and significance of film as a form of art, and a cultural form of entertainment and communication. Through a discussion of their technical, social and historical contexts, students will learn the relevance of films to the understanding of the different forms of culture and society. The main currents in the history of world cinema will be explained, to show how they appeared in a particular social and cultural environment, and how they demonstrated excellence that had an impact in later traditions. In order for them to assess the excellence as well as the inadequacies of films, students will also be trained to review films through new perspectives, relating not only to the technical aspects, but also to their social, artistic and cultural contexts. In the study of significant ideas, movements and trends in film history, the module will not only enhance students’ general knowledge on culture and history, but also provide them with a vocabulary for further exploration in media and cultural issues and the field of film/media studies.
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:
- describe and explain cinema culture and the different currents of world cinema;
- read and write about films as cultural texts that relate to their specific social and historical contexts;
- discuss about films as an art form; and
- understand the basic vocabulary of film and terms of cinema.