Modern Greek Cinema

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Modern Greek Cinema

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies, Greek Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    WP 1010 LE Introduction to Academic Writing
    WP 1111 LE Integrated Academic Writing and Ethics

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION:
    Introduction to Modern Greek cinema through an analysis of the theoretical, historical and aesthetic elements that have shaped its identity.

    RATIONALE: 
    This course will examine Modern Greek cinema from a historical, theoretical, and aesthetic point of view. First, it will place Modern Greek cinema in the wider theoretical context of film study and specifically the study of national cinemas and how these may connect to a national identity. What do we define as Modern Greek cinema? Second, students will be introduced to the history of Modern Greek cinema through the examination of several of the most significant films of this period. Third, by looking at the choice of these films students will become familiar with Greek identity and culture. In examining these films they will uncover particular cultural meanings, as these become evident in the films. This examination will rely on aesthetic and ideological analysis.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES: 
    As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Evaluate the idea of a national cinema and understand how this connects to a national identity;
    2. Demonstrate understanding the history and significance of Modern Greek cinema;
    3. Demonstrate understanding the ways in which films bring to the surface social, political and ideological meanings relevant to Greek history and identity;
    4. Analyze films through an aesthetic and ideological perspective.

    METHOD OF TEACHING AND LEARNING:
    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the College, the following tools are used:
    - Classes consist of lectures and class discussions.
    - Film screenings
    - Office Hours: Students are encouraged to make full use of the office hours of their instructor, where they can ask questions and go over lecture material.
    - Use of a Blackboard site, where instructors post lecture notes, assignment instructions, timely announcements, as well as additional resources.