European Cinema: A reflection of European Identity

Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

Course Description

  • Course Name

    European Cinema: A reflection of European Identity

  • Host University

    Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, Film Studies, History, International Studies, Studio Art, Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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  • Overview

    Course: European Cinema: A Reflection on European Identity
    Course number: CH3101
    Prerequisites: None

    Europe at the end of the 20th century is marked by a tension between two opposing
    movements: unification and fragmentation. The creation of the European Union in 1992
    was accompanied by the ?Balkanization? of East-Central Europe, which resulted from
    the collapse of the Soviet Union and the resurgence of old national and ethnic
    antagonisms that had been suppressed during the Cold War. At the same time,
    national boundaries were also being redrawn by capitalism, which forged an
    increasingly complex network of global connections in finance, trade, manufacturing,
    transport, and communications.
    Throughout these major changes redefining the role and even the composition of
    Europe in the 21st century, cinema remains a significant force in the construction and
    expression of cultural identity. Cinema powerfully portrays its nation and provides
    profound insights into the heart of its people.
    This course on European Cinema, with a broad geographic sweep, offers students an
    understanding of European culture, society, politics and history through the medium of
    cinematographic expressions. The aim of this course is to understand European
    identity through its cinema and make the students aware that despite its economic
    unity, Europe is characterized by its cultural, social, political and historical

    Learning objectives

    Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
    -Analyze various issues and trends in contemporary Europe
    -Debate ideas and concepts of Europe and European integration
    -Understand the historical development and diversity of European culture, society
    and politics through the medium of cinema
    -Synthesize information from a variety of sources, including written sources,
    documentaries and film.

    Educational activities will be developed by means of different didactic strategies:
    -Theory and Practice
    -Collective and individual tutoring
    -In-class presentations
    -Daily assignments
    -Team work assignments
    -Workshops and additional training
    -Extra-curricular activities

    Contact Hours: 45

    The course syllabus follows the Communicative Approach methods, based on the core
    principles of procedure conception and constructive acquisition of knowledge. The
    methodology is based on the teaching-learning procedures, focused on the learner,
    which encourages active participation and results in the development of general and
    specific competencies that provide knowledge, capacities and attitudes for their future
    professional careers.

    Form of Assessment
    The form of assessment is based on the core principles of the educational
    assessment, i.e., an active and participative teaching-learning process focused on the
    learner. The instructor uses numerous and differentiated forms of assessment to
    calculate the final grade received for this course. For the record, these are listed
    below. The content, criteria and specific requirements for each assessment category
    will be explained in greater detail in class.

    The final grade consists of three parts: class participation, daily work and exam
    o 33% Active in-class participation
    o 33% daily work
    o 34% exam

    Grading Scale goes from 0 to 10.

    Numerical Grade Range Letter grade Percentage

    10 A+ 100%
    9.5 ? 9.9 A 95 -99%
    9 ? 9.4 A- 90-94%
    8.5 ? 8.9 B+ 85-89%
    7.5- 8.4 B 75-84%
    7 ? 7.4 B- 70-74%
    6.5 ? 6.9 C+ 65-69%
    6 ? 6.4 C 60-64%
    5 ? 5.9 C- 5-59%
    0-4.9 F 0-49%

    The final grade will be the average of active in-class participation, daily work and exam.

    Attendance Policy

    Attendance is compulsory. In order to excuse any absence, students have to deliver a
    doctor?s note or other valid justification.
    An absence is equivalent to a session. Two late arrivals of more than 15 minutes will be
    considered an absence.
    Any unjustified absence will negatively affect the students? final grade by lowering
    his/her participation grade.

    The participation grade will be lowered as follows:
    3 unjustified absences - 30%
    4 unjustified absences - 40%
    5 unjustified absences - 50%

    If a student has more than 5 unjustified absences, the PARTICIPATION GRADE will be
    zero (0).

    Any student with 7 or more absences will NOT pass the course. Those students whose
    absences have been properly justified will get No presentado (N.P). Absences do NOT
    excuse the fulfillment of tasks, papers or essays.

    Active Participation

    The methodology used in class demands from the student a daily participation
    regarding the following:
    -Debates about different topics;
    -Questions posed in class;
    -Opinions and comments;
    -Documents and texts.

    Criteria to evaluate participation Grade

    The student very often contributes with important and original comments that
    encourage debate, using critical and analytical arguments clearly based on reading,
    investigation, daily work, and class work. 8.5 -10

    The student frequently participates voluntarily and makes valuable contributions that
    are generally based on reflection and daily work. 7- 8.4

    The student makes eventual comments, practically only when asked, and shows no
    clear interest in the course. The student does not start a debate nor shows a clear
    understanding of the importance of class/homework and readings. 5- 6.9

    The student makes no comments at all, or makes irrelevant or distracting ones during
    class. This is usually a result from frequent absences or lack of preparation for the
    class. 0- 4.9


    Required readings will be provided by the teacher.

    General Reference:
    - Ezra, Elizabeth (ed.), (2004), European Cinema, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    - Forbes, Jill (2000), European Cinema; An Introduction, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
    - Nowell-Smith, Geoffrey (ed.), (1996), The Oxford History of World Cinema, Oxford:
    Oxford University Press.
    - Sorlin, Pierre (1991), European Cinema/European Societies, London: Routledge.
    Online Reference & Research Tools:;


    Week 1:

    Week 2:
    European Cinema
    ? European Cinema: an Introduction
    ? German Cinema: an Introduction

    Week 3:
    German Cinema
    ? The avatars of the GDR´s regime
    ? The Stasi
    The Lives of Others (2006),
    Florian Henckel von

    Week 4:
    German Cinema
    ? The Fall of the Berlin wall Goodbye Lenin! (2003),
    Wolfgang Becker
    The Edukators (2004),
    Hans Weingartner

    Week 5:
    British Cinema
    ? British Cinema: an Introduction
    ? East vs. West culture and traditions
    ? Racism and integration
    East is East (1999), Damien

    Week 6:
    British Cinema
    ? Unemployment
    ? Working class
    The Angel´s Share (2012),
    Ken Loach

    Week 7:
    French Cinema
    ? French Cinema: an Introduction This is England (2006),
    Shane Meadows

    Week 8:
    French Cinema
    ? Ethnic minorities, integration
    ? Crime, youth
    La Haine (1995), Matthieu

    Week 9:
    French Cinema
    ? European integration
    ? Youth, friendship
    L´auberge espagnole (2002),
    Cédric Klapisch
    The Class (2008), Laurent

    Week 10:
    Italian Cinema
    ? Italian Cinema: an Introduction

    Week 11:
    Italian Cinema
    ? Neapolitan mob
    ? Political corruption
    ? The South
    Gomorrah (2008), Matteo

    Week 12:
    Italian Cinema
    ? Politics
    ? Mafia
    Il Divo (2008), Paolo
    Welcome to the South
    (2010), Luca Miniero

    Week 13:
    Spanish Cinema
    ? Spanish Cinema: an Introduction
    ? Unemployment
    Los lunes al sol (2001),
    Fernando León de Aranoa

    Week 14:
    Spanish Cinema
    ? Matriarchy
    ? Sexual abuse
    Volver (2006), Pedro

    Week 15:
    Spanish Cinema

Course Disclaimer

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