Global Film Cultures

Module code: MS2012

In this module, you will study some of the major modes of film practice that have emerged in international film history. We will explore the cinema as a social, cultural, and economic institution, and evaluate different approaches for the study of film culture. Taking a case study approach, each week we will look at a different example of film practice in its historical contexts of production and consumption. You will be supported to evaluate and apply ideas around film culture independently through further reading and viewing.  

Over ten weeks we will explore and discuss some of the most important and exciting cinematic movements in the global history of the cinema, and evaluate some of the main ways these have been interpreted and understood by film critics and theorists – and we will watch some great films!

Topics covered

  • Early Cinema
  • Hollywood Studios and Genre
  • Soviet Montage
  • Italian Neorealism
  • Art Cinema
  • American Independent Cinema
  • New Black Cinema
  • Bollywood
  • Activist Film 


  • 11 hours of lectures
  • 11 hours of seminars
  • 22 hours of supervised time in the studio/workshop
  • 105 hours of guided independent study
  • 1 hour of tutorials


  • Portfolio of three analyses, 1,000 words each (100%)