Bollywood and Beyond

La Trobe University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Bollywood and Beyond

  • Host University

    La Trobe University

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, Film Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Any first year Humanities subject

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course explores the history, music, and storytelling of popular Hindi cinema, otherwise known as Bollywood. Bollywood films, recognisable by their song-and-dance numbers, deployment of international mega stars, and mashup of various film genres, are among the most widely watched films in the world. We will watch some of the most significant films of the Indian post-independence era, paying special attention to films that engage major historical and cultural moments. Alongside key readings in theory and method, we wil interpret the films as cultural texts. We will ask why these film narratives are so effective, and consider how films reflect and shape the postcolonial Indian culture in which they are created.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.