Exploring European Cinema

Ref: C2419214

We will study European cinema through a wide range of extracts. The course will enable students to discuss and analyse examples from film history and contemporary cinema. We will consider what these films represent for different audiences, and how critics have responded. We will discuss questions of identity, culture and film as an art form.

Course aim

Using a wide range of extracts we will discuss European cinema. Students will be introduced to debates about film form, the context in which films were made, and how audiences have responded.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • The course will provide opportunities to discuss any experience the students already have in thinking about European cinema.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify film form in extracts from European cinema.
  • Understand selected European films in relation to their social and historical context.
  • Apply key terms from film theory to a wide selection of extracts from European cinema.
  • Analyse the role of the director and the influence of genre on European films.
  • Discuss and analyse how European film industries work and how audiences respond.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Students simply need to bring pen and paper. Further viewing and reading material will be recommended, but this will not be compulsory.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • The course is not designed to lead to job opportunities, but it could be helpful in developing communication skills and knowledge relevant to the film industry.

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Exploring European Cinema


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