Theory & Methodology of Cinema


Teaching Staff: Chalkou Maria
Course Code: THE804
Course Category: Specific Background
Course Type: Elective
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Delivery method: Lectures
Semester: 8th
ECTS: 5
Teaching Units: 3
Teaching Hours: 3
E Class Page: https://e-class.ionio.gr/courses/DAVA330

Teaching Structure:
ActivitySemester Workload
Lectures39
Lab Lectures0
Tutorial0
Hands-on Lab0
Practice and Preparation30
Independent Study56
Course Total (ECTS: 5)125

Recquired / Recommended : (THE202), (THE302), (THE504)
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Short Description:

An introduction to the development of film theory from its “classical” period of formalism and realism through the various approaches to film analysis that have emerged since the 1960s including auteur theory, semiotics, psychoanalysis, feminism, etc. The course aims to familiarize students with the major schools of thought in film theory and a wide range of critical methods and theoretical perspectives in the study of cinema, cultivating critical and analytical skills. Theoretical discussions are combined with exercises in film analysis.


Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

Students will acquire a general awareness of film theory and methodology and develop critical and analytical thinking.

By the end of the course, students can expect to be able to:

  • understand basic concepts and arguments of film theory
  • compare and contrast different schools of thought in film studies
  • apply different theories and methodologies of film criticism and analysis

Syllabus:

Week 1: What is Film Theory?

Week 2: Early Silent Film Theory

Week 3: Film Formalism

Week 4: Film Realism

Week 5: The Auteur and Auteur Theory

Week 6: Structuralism and Semiotics

Week 7: Ideology and Marxism

Week 8: Psychoanalysis and Cinema

Week 9: Gender and Feminism

Week 10: Queer Theory

Week 11: Film Audiences and Reception

Week 12: Third Cinema and Post-Colonialism

Week 13: Postmodernism


Suggested Bibliography:

Hill John and Pamela Church Gibson (eds) (2000), Film studies: critical approaches, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Stam, Robert (2000), Film Theory: An Introduction, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.


Teaching Methods:

The course consists of a series of lectures with the use of PowerPoint presentation and the inclusion of screenings of short films and of extracts of feature films. It encourages active participation and discussions and includes exercises in film analysis.


Evaluation Methods:

Film essay


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