ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla
Area of Study
European Studies, Film Studies
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
Description: This course on European Cinema has a broad geographic scope. It offers students an understanding of European culture, society, politics and history through the medium of cinematographic expressions. The aim of this course is to understand European identity and the composition of Europe in the 21st Century through its cinema. The course will make the students aware that the diversity of Europe is based in a cultural, social, political and historical heterogeneity.
The methodology is based on teaching-learning procedures, focused on the learner. These procedures encourage active participation and results in the development of general and specific outcomes that provide knowledge, capacities and attitudes for their future professional careers. In addition, the student will receive the theoretical corpus that will help to reinforce what has been learned through the practical component of the course.
- Identify the relevant topics of different European cultures, history and society and contrast their different filmic representations
- Analyze various issues and trends in contemporary Europe
- Debate ideas and concepts of Europe and European integration
- Understand the historical development and diversity of European culture, society and politics through the medium of cinema
- Interpret film in its socio-political and historical context and identify the elements, which define cinema as an artistic expression
- Apply intercultural and interdisciplinary approaches to the topics related to Europe and its cinema.
- Unit 1: European Cinema
European Cinema: an Introduction
- Unit 2: Spanish Cinema:
Spanish Cinema an Introduction
Modes of representation in Spanish cinema
- Los lunes al sol (2001), Fernando León de Aranoa
- Volver (2006), Pedro Almodóvar
Social and Political Context (from the Republic to the Era of Democracy)
- La lengua de las mariposas, José Luís Cuerda.
- Unit 3: German Cinema
German Cinema: an Introduction
The avatars of the GDR´s regime
- The Lives of Others (2006), Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
- Unit 4: British Cinema
British Cinema: an Introduction
East vs. West culture and traditions
Racism and integration
- East is East (1999), Damien O´Donnell
- Unit 5: French Cinema
French Cinema: an Introduction
- This is England (2006), Shane Meadows
Ethnic minorities, integration
- La Haine (1995), Matthieu Kassovitz
- Unit 6: Italian Cinema
Italian Cinema: an Introduction
- Gomorrah (2008), Matteo Garrone
- Il Divo (2008), Paolo Sorrentino
- Welcome to the South (2010), Luca Miniero
- Unit 7: Exploring European documentaries through time, format and authors
The border zone between documentary and fiction
- Representative fragments of European documentaries
- Unit 8: European identity in cinema.
North-South opposition in European cinema
General bibliography: The following texts are suggested for students who wish to learn more however it is not necessary for students to purchase them.
- Ezra, Elizabeth (ed.), (2004), European Cinema, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Forbes, Jill (2000), European Cinema; An Introduction, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Nowell-Smith, Geoffrey (ed.), (1996), The Oxford History of World Cinema, Oxford:
Oxford University Press.
- Sorlin, Pierre (1991), European Cinema/European Societies, London: Routledge.
Online Reference & Research Tools:
- VV.AA. 2009. 100 years of Spanish Cinema. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
20% Tasks and attendance
40% Final exam
10% Subjective evaluation
Students will be asked to participate in class discussions and to express opinions about the themes of the course. Each student will write a mid-term and a term paper based on her/his
own reflections about the course contents and using the filmography and bibliography of the
Participation will be valued. Contributions with important and original comments that encourage debate, using critical and analytical arguments clearly based on reading, investigation, daily work, and class work will be very valued
Final grades will be calculated according to the following scale:
10 = Matrícula de honor
9 – 9,9 = Sobresaliente
7 – 8,9 = Notable
5 – 6,9 = Aprobado
0 – 4,9 = Suspenso
Student attended class but did not complete the exams = No presentado
Student exceeded the maximum number of allowed absences = No asistencia
Appeal grades: The deadline for claiming notes is 30 days from the reception at the university certificate.
Attendance: class attendance is obligatory, it is checked every class day and it is reflected in the course attendance sheet that is sent to the home University.
An 85% of attendance is required for the successful completion of the course. Not missing any class will be considered positively.
If a student exceeds this limit, the grade in the transcript for this subject could appear as “not attended course”.
Justified absences: Medical Certificates that will be considered only if issued by a physician (not notes from the family explaining the student absence). The certificates must include the exact dates for which a student should be excused for having missed classes.
Auditors: Courses cannot be taken as auditors, so attendance is possible only for students enrolled in a specific class.
Punctuality: students are expected to arrive on time to class and to return directly to class after class breaks. Arriving 10 minutes late (or more) and/or early class departures are considered unexcused absences and will be taken into account as half an absence.
Conduct in class: students who actively participate in classroom activities and who maintain a positive and respectful attitude will be evaluated positively. Students must not eat or use laptops during the class (unless specifically authorized by the teacher).
Special accommodations: students with special needs who require reasonable modifications, special assistance or accommodations in this course (either for properly following-up classes, to take exams, etc.) should direct their request to Academic Coordination during the first days of the course.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Some courses may require additional fees.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations