- Code FILM2014
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Film Studies
- Areas of interest Contemporary Europe, Cultural Studies, History, European Studies, Film
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
This course will explore the experience and legacies of colonialism in France’s vast empire, covering geographic areas as diverse as Asia (Cambodia, Vietnam), Sub-Saharan Africa (Cameroon, Senegal), the Maghreb (Algeria), and metropolitan France. Each week we will study one film from across the francophone world in order to learn about France's colonial past. We will examine the ways in which French directors imagine and represent this history, and consider the responses of directors from the former colonies. We will also explore the legacies of the French colonial project in multiethnic contemporary France. The films we will study introduce a range of complex questions related to immigration, violence, exile, and belonging. They ask us to consider how both France and its former colonies have come to terms with their colonial pasts and their postcolonial identities. In each instance, we will seek to interrogate the relationship between form and content, in other words, between the filmic image and the historical and political realities in question. Knowledge of French is not required.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
analyse the films, especially in terms of their aesthetic, linguistic,
historical and societal components;
- Compare and
contextualize filmic interpretations;
- Appreciate the
relationship between form and content in a set of 20th-century and contemporary
French and francophone films;
present, and evaluate an original film analysis.
- Develop insights into a major non-English speaking culture and into international debates about identity, memory, the history of imperialism.
Two In-class quizzes (10% each, 25 minutes each) [1,2,3,4,5]
Three Reaction papers of 1000 words each (15% each) [1,2,3,4,5]
Final test (25%, 50 minutes) [1,2,3,4,5]
Class participation, including in-class discussion, online activities (Wattle), comprehension questions for each film, and readings to be completed outside class (10%) [1,2,3,4,5]
130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 48 hours of contact: 12 hours of lectures, 24 hours of screenings and 12 hours of tutorials.
b) 82 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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- Unit value:
- 6 units