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Unit information: Screening Nations in 2021/22

Unit name Screening Nations
Unit code FATVM0017
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Maingard
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Film and Television
Faculty Faculty of Arts


Screening Nations will examine the notion of national cinema and consider issues in its definition. Topics covered will include (as appropriate): key genres and themes in national and transnational cinemas; questions of the relation between national and transnational cinemas with Hollywood and other national cinemas; policy, censorship and regulatory questions; the position of the state and relations with government; globalisation and global media networks; colonial and post-colonial questions; representation, especially with regard to national identities. It will also focus on issues such as popularity, audience response and cinema-going as a social/cultural activity.

• To introduce major debates, themes and problems in relation to national cinemas, the transnational and world cinema
• To historicise, problematise and interrogate ideas around 'national cinema'
• To situate cinema within a global framework
• To explore contexts of cinema reception and/or cinema’s place in society
• To examine the ways in which cinema and related media circulate internationally
• To explore cinema’s place within larger political, cultural and/or ideological histories.

Intended learning outcomes

  • To understand and apply a range of methodologies to the study of cinema and shifting conceptions of the national
  • To critically analyse and apply a range of cultural theory (e.g., postcolonial theory) to cinema
  • To be able to analyse cinema in relation to audiences, industries and/or their national and international regulatory frameworks
  • To gain knowledge of a comparative and broad range of relevant cinema texts

Teaching details

Weekly seminar and screening.

Assessment Details

100% Essay 5000 words


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