GEAR 307 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Contemporary World Cinema
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
GEAR 307
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
4

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Service Course
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This course aims to introduce students to contemporary world cinema. It consists of film history, key concepts in film studies and world cinema research, and questions of representation in relation to issues of gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity in a global context.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Define main themes, key moments and trends in contemporary world cinema from the 1980s onwards.
  • Discuss how world cinema intervenes in debates about, and contributes new understandings to, our formulation of the local, national and the transnational in contemporary film studies.
  • Compare discourses regarding questions of representation in the context of gender, race, class and sexuality in cinema across different geographies.
  • Analyze key concepts in film studies and how they apply to world cinema.
  • Discuss meanings of the concepts of local, national and global in their wider implications to film and media studies as well as other disciplines of humanities.
  • Analyze diverse beliefs, practices, stories, and conditions within a wide range of Western and non-Western Cultures through the representations in the films.
  • Discuss film’s power to reflect, reveal, critique, and challenge cultural systems and globalization.
  • Evaluate complex relationships between national identity and transnational production.
Course Content This course combines theoretical work and the viewing of films. Students are responsible for the preparation of three response papers. Each week, we will summarize key points and arguments made by a film scholar on a particular topic and watch a film that relates closely to the text.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction
2 Middle Eastern Cinema Screening: Under the Shadow (Babak Anvari, 2016) Moore, L. C. (2005) “Women in a Widening Frame:(Cross-) Cultural Projection, Spectatorship and Iranian Cinema” Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture and Media Studies, 20(2), pp. 1-33.
3 Eastern European Cinema I Screening: White God (Kornel Mundrczo, 2014) Iordanova, D. (2001). “Cinema of Flames: Balkan” Film. Culture and the Media (London: BFI, 2001), 178. Ieta, R. (2010). “The new Romanian cinema: a realism of impression”. Film Criticism, 34(2/3), 22.
4 Eastern European Cinema II Screening: Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2009) Papadimitriou, L. (2011) “The national and the transnational in contemporary Greek cinema” New review of film and television studies, 9(4), 493-512. Chalkou, M. (2012). “’new cinema of ‘emancipation’: Tendencies of independence in Greek cinema of the 2000s” Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, 3(2), 243-261. Koutsourakis, A. (2012). “Cinema of the Body: The Politics of Performativity in Lars von Trier's Dogville and Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth” Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image, 3, 84-108.
5 Western European Cinema I Screening: Turist (Ruben Östlund, 2014) Geuens, Jean-Pierre, “Dogma 95: A Manifesto for Our Times” Quarterly Review of Film & Video, Vol. 18, Issue 2, (2001) pp. 191 – 202
6 Western European Cinema II Screening: Climax (Gaspar Noe, 2018) Powrie, P. (1998). “Heritage, history and ‘new realism’: French cinema in the 1990s” Modern & Contemporary France, 6(4), 479-491. Gibson, B. (2006). “Bearing witness: The Dardenne Brothers' and Michael Haneke's implication of the viewer” CineAction, (70), 24.
7 Indian Cinema Screening: Monsoon Wedding (Mira Nair, 2001) Larkin, B. (1997) “Indian films and Nigerian lovers: media and the creation of parallel modernities” Africa, 67(03), 406-440.
8 African Cinema Screenings: Call Me Kuchu (Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall, 2012) Adesokan, A. (2012). “Nollywood and the idea of the Nigerian cinema” Journal of African Cinemas, 4(1), 81-98.
9 Cinema in Australia and New Zealand Screening: Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson, 1994) Scahill, A. (2012) “Wonderful, Heavenly, Beautiful, and Ours’: Lesbian Fantasy and Media(ted) Desire in Heavanly Creatures” Journal of Lesbian Studies. Vol. 16 issue 3, 365-375.
10 Korean Cinema Screening: Bedevilled (Jang Cheol Soo, 2010) Darcy Paquet. (2009). New Korean Cinema: Breaking the Waves. Columbia University Press. 44-61.
11 Hong Kong and Chinese Cinema Screening: Dumplings (Fruit Chan, 2004) Lee, V. P. (2009). Hong Kong cinema since 1997: the post-nostalgic imagination. Palgrave Macmillan. 163-184.
12 Japanese Cinema Screening: Tag (Sion Sono, 2015) Dew, O. (2007). “Asia Extreme!: Japanese Cinema and British Hype” New Cinema: Journal of Contemporary Film Vol. 5 issue 1, 53-73. Hyland, R. (2002). Hybridity in Contemporary Japanese Cinema: Heterogeneity in a Homogenous Society. Asian Cinema Vol. 13 issue 2, 105-114.
13 Latin American Cinema Screening: XXY (Luis Puenzo, 2007) Rocha, C. (2009) ”Contemporary Argentine Cinema during Neoliberalism” Hispania, vol. 92 no. 4 (December, 2009) 841-851.
14 Diasporic Cinema / Beyond Transnational Cinema Screening: White Material (Claire Denis, 2009) Bergfelder, T. (2005). “National, transnational or supranational cinema? Rethinking European film studies” Media, culture & society, 27(3), 315-331. Higbee, W., & Lim, S. H. (2010). “Concepts of transnational cinema: Towards a critical transnationalism in film studies” Transnational Cinemas, 1(1), 7-21.
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Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
1
45
Final Exam
1
45
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
2
55
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
45
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
1
30
Final Exam
1
30
    Total
108

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To have adequate knowledge in Mathematics, Science, Computer Science and Software Engineering; to be able to use theoretical and applied information in these areas on complex engineering problems.

2

To be able to identify, define, formulate, and solve complex Software Engineering problems; to be able to select and apply proper analysis and modeling methods for this purpose.

3

To be able to design, implement, verify, validate, document, measure and maintain a complex software system, process, or product under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the requirements; ability to apply modern methods for this purpose.

4

To be able to devise, select, and use modern techniques and tools needed for analysis and solution of complex problems in software engineering applications; to be able to use information technologies effectively.

5

To be able to design and conduct experiments, gather data, analyze and interpret results for investigating complex Software Engineering problems.

6

To be able to work effectively in Software Engineering disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; to be able to work individually.

7

To be able to communicate effectively in Turkish, both orally and in writing; to be able to author and comprehend written reports, to be able to prepare design and implementation reports, to be able to present effectively, to be able to give and receive clear and comprehensible instructions.

8

To have knowledge about global and social impact of engineering practices and software applications on health, environment, and safety; to have knowledge about contemporary issues as they pertain to engineering; to be aware of the legal ramifications of Engineering and Software Engineering solutions.

9

To be aware of ethical behavior, professional and ethical responsibility; to have knowledge about standards utilized in engineering applications.

10

To have knowledge about industrial practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; to have awareness of entrepreneurship and innovation; to have knowledge about sustainable development.

11

To be able to collect data in the area of Software Engineering, and to be able to communicate with colleagues in a foreign language.

12

To be able to speak a second foreign language at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To recognize the need for lifelong learning; to be able to access information, to be able to stay current with developments in science and technology; to be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to Software Engineering.

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest