- Code SCRN6108
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Screen Studies
- Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, Cultural Studies, European Languages, Asia Pacific Studies, Film
- Academic career PGRD
- 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:
- critically analyse the films in depth, especially in terms of their aesthetic, linguistic, historical and societal components;
- appreciate the relationship between form and content in a set of 20th-century and contemporary French and francophone films;
- formulate, 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; and
- undertake in-depth research in French and francophone cinema.
Indicative Assessment2 In-class quizzes, 25 minutes each (10% each for a total of 20%) [Learning outcomes 1-4]
Reaction paper, 1500 words (20%) [Learning outcomes 1-4]
Final In-class written test, 50 minutes (20%) [Learning outcomes 1-4]
Class participation including online activities (Wattle), comprehension questions for each film, and readings to be completed outside class (10%) [Learning outcomes 1-5]
Extended essay, 4000 words (drawing on Reaction paper) (30%) [Learning outcomes 1-5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures, 24 hours of screenings, and 12 hours of tutorials and tutorial-like activities, and
b) 82 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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Prescribed TextsReadings will be listed on the course Wattle site.
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