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Syllabus Conflict Crisis and Transformation in European Cinema - 50090

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Last update 04-09-2019
HU Credits: 2

Degree/Cycle: 2nd degree (Master)

Responsible Department: Communication & Journalism

Semester: 1st Semester

Teaching Languages: English

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Dr. Tobias Erbrecht-Hartmann

Coordinator Office Hours: Monday, 12.00-14.00

Teaching Staff:
Dr. Tobias Ebbrecht Hartmann

Course/Module description:
The course introduces current tendencies in contemporary European cinema. We focus on cinematic engagement with questions of identity, migration, war and memory in films from West and East European countries ranging from Spain and France to Denmark, Germany and Austria, to Poland and Romania.

Course/Module aims:
The course offers insight into significant tendencies in contemporary European Cinema. We interrelate film historical (Neorealism, New Waves), film theoretical (transnational cinema) and political (European identity and memory) aspects in order to review how contemporary European filmmakers reflect within the framework of cinema on the present state of Europe and European societies as well as on challenges, conflicts and crisis.

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
providing knowledge about significant tendencies on contemporary European cinema and European film history

engaging into contemporary discourses on Europe and present challenges for European societies

analyzing films and applying knowledge of narrative and stylistic conventions

conducting independent research on different films, digital culture products and platforms

Attendance requirements(%):

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction: Based on class room discussions of selected films different topics, elements and tendencies that characterize European cinema are analyzed. Group-work integrates context factors (historical and political). Basic reading material provides the ground for discussions in class and application of analytical concepts that are later applied to the mid-term assignment and the final paper.

Course/Module Content:
28-10-2019 | Introduction: Intersections and Border-Crossings

04-11-2019 | Memories I: Persisting Pasts

11-11-2019 | Memories II: Exiled Cinemas

18-11-2018 | Memories III: Divided History

25-11-2018 | Traveling I: In the Borderlands

02-12-2019 | Traveling II: East-/Westwards

09-12-2019 | Migration I: In the Shadows

16-12-2019 | Migration II: Towards the Border

23-12-2019 | Conflicts I: The Balkans

30-12-2019 | Conflicts II: Terror

06-01-2020 | Families I: Broken Dreams

20-01-2020 20-01-2020 | Families III: Friendship

27-01-2020 | Conclusion: Europe in Motion

Required Reading:
1. Bergfelder, T. (2005). National, transnational or supranational cinema? Rethinking European film studies. Media, Culture & Society, 27(3), 315-331.

2. Halle, R. (2014) The Europeanization of Cinema: Interzones and Imaginative Communities. 2014. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

Additional Reading Material:
A full reading list will provided at the beginning of the course

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 60 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 25 %
Assignments 15 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %

Additional information:
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
For further information, please visit the site of the Dean of Students Office.