Représentations du Nord et de la Belgique dans le cinéma franco-belge

Université Catholique de Lille

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Représentations du Nord et de la Belgique dans le cinéma franco-belge

  • Host University

    Université Catholique de Lille

  • Location

    Lille, France

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies, Media Studies

  • Language Level

    High Intermediate, Advanced

  • Prerequisites

    Minimum B2 French

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    All students having completed at least five semesters of formal French instruction are welcome to take this course.

    This course will provide students with an overview of French and Belgian film cultures. Students will also be introduced to film vocabulary, formal film analysis, and film theory. Topics to be covered will normally include:

    • Film genres
    • Race
    • Gender
    • Sex
    • Class
    • Aesthetics

    Learning Outcomes.

    • At the end of the course, the students should be able to:
    • Understand the key film concepts necessary to develop an articulate argument on the medium
    • Think critically about notions of representation, race, sex, gender, and class
    • Describe a film scene in detail, using key film concepts
    • Name some of the major contemporary French and Belgian directors

    French contact hours = 60 minutes (in some countries/institutions, 1 contact hour = 45-50 minutes)

    Form Number of hours Comments
    Face-to-face, in-class, on-site learning 39 hours 13 classes of 3 hours each
    Approximate personal work/ homework 30 hours Students will watch and take notes on 11 films
    Student total workload 69 hours  

    Brief introductory lectures, group discussions, scene analyses, small group presentations, on-site visit.

    All course materials will be supplied in class. References may be made to the following resources:

    • Alan Williams : A Republic of images
    • Laura Mulvey : « Visual Pleasure & Narrative Cinema »
    • Christian Metz : Essais sur la signification au cinéma
    • Judith Butler : Gender Trouble
    • Susan Hayward : Cinema Studies : the Key Concepts


    Form Number Comments
    assessment (20%)
    10 Short, 5-question quizzes will assess
    students’ knowledge of the film
    assigned for the class session.
    Final exam (50%) 1 The final exam will test students’
    knowledge and understanding of the
    key historical and conceptual notions
    covered in class. It will also include clip
    analyses and an essay.
    Student participation
      Attendance, participation, and
    contribution to group discussions.


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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