Film Theory

The American University of Rome

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Film Theory

  • Host University

    The American University of Rome

  • Location

    Rome, Italy

  • Area of Study

    Art History, Film Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    Course description 
    This course addresses film in its aesthetic specificity and foregrounds some of the ideological  issues regarding the medium, especially the conventions of realism. Through various 
    theoretical perspectives (text analysis and semiotics, psychoanalysis, feminism, post‐colonial  theory) different films will be critically analyzed in order to locate and understand their  underlying ideologies. 

    Required Textbook (subject to change)
    Stam, Film Theory An Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2000 

    Recommended Readings (subject to change)
    Miller & Stam, A Companion to Film Theory. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2004 

    Course Learning Objectives 
    At the end of the course, students will be able to: 
    1. Develop a command of course content and the ability to answer in an articulate  manner the following questions 
    2. Develop analytical and intellectual capacities tied to the specifics of the course  
    3.Research and present projects that apply film theories in practice:   Students are  expected  to  introduce  one  specific  week’s  readings  AND  write  two  papers  that  will allow them to apply a particular theory or approach to film to a specific filmic  text 

    Course Learning Activities 

    • Students are expected to complete the assigned readings before they are discussed in class and are required to participate in class discusions and debates and apply/relate each reading to a specific film discussed in class. (LO 1 & 2) 
    • Students will take turns in introduce the week’s reading to the class and bring an  example of a film that they deem relevant to the issues raised. (LO 2 & 3) 
    • Students are required to write 2 papers (6‐8 pages each) 

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.

Some courses may require additional fees.

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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