• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Film Studies
  • Areas of interest Contemporary Europe, Cultural Studies, European Languages, History, Film
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
Imagining the French Empire: French Colonialism on Film (FILM6014)

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.

Learning Outcomes

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:

  1. Critically analyse the films in depth, especially in terms of their aesthetic, linguistic, historical and societal components;
  2. Appreciate the relationship between form and content in a set of 20th-century and contemporary French and francophone films;
  3. Formulate, present and evaluate an original film analysis;
  4. Develop insights into a major non-English speaking culture and into international debates about identity, memory, the history of imperialism;
  5. Undertake in-depth research in French and francophone cinema.

Indicative Assessment

Two In-class quizzes (10% each, 25 minutes each) [1,2,3,4]

One Reaction paper of 1500 words (20%) [1,2,3,4]

Final test (20%, 50 minutes) [1,2,3,4]

Class participation, including online activities (Wattle), comprehension questions for each film, and readings to be completed outside class (10%) [1,2,3,4,5]

An extended essay of 4000 words (drawing on Reaction paper) (30%) [1,2,3,4,5]

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Workload

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

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed FILM2014, FREN3108 or FREN6514.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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