Film History and Theory

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Film History and Theory

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    English, Film Studies, Literature, Media Studies, Radio/Television/Film

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    This is a course in film history and theory. It introduces students to seminal moments in cinema history, to important theoretical approaches in film studies as well as to key figures and movies in world cinema. By the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of film history, theory and film aesthetics as well as an appreciation of cinema from different parts of the world.


    Learning Outcomes

    - Demonstrate the ability to put across ideas in writing and in speech with clarity

    - Demonstrate the ability to generate new and original perspectives by examining film and written texts

    - Demonstrate the ability to analyse and critically appraise film and written texts

    - Demonstrate the ability to work in a team to achieve a desired outcome


    Course Content

    - Film History and Theory

    - Third Cinema

    - Indina Cinema - Bollywood and Beyond

    - French New Wave

    - Amercian Cinema

    - Japanese Cinema

    - Iranian Cinema

    - Oceania Cinema

    - Soviet Cinema

    - African Cinema

    - German Cinema

    - Italian Cinema



    - The Liveliest Art (Arthur Knight)

    - Portrait of a Director: Satyajit Ray (Marie Seton)

    - 'Structuralism and semiotics: The Foundations of contemporary film theory? (What is Film Theory? ?Richard Rushton and Gary Bettinson)

    - Apparatus theory: Jean-Loius Baudry and Christian Metz(What is Film Theory? - Richard Rushton and Gary Bettinson)

    - Cinemas of the other: Postcolonialism, race and queer theory (What is Film Theory? - Richard Rushton and Gary Bettinson)

    - Bollywood Cinema: Temples of Desire (Vijay Mishra).

    - Film History: An Introduction (Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell).

    - Contemporary Film Theory (Anthony Easthope ed.).

    - A Social History of Iranian Cinema - Volumes 1-4 (Hamid Naficy)

    - Cinema 1: The Movement Image (Gilles Deleuze)

    - Cinema 2: The Time Image (Gilles Deleuze)

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