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CMS3007 Reading World Cinema

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Reading World Cinema
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100700 - Communication & Media Studies
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Kelly McWilliam

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Before the World Wars halted film production in Europe, it was European cinemas - not Hollywood - that were the dominant film cultures in the world. Even now, the two largest film industries in the world are outside Hollywood: namely, ‘Bollywood’ (based in Mumbai, India) and ‘Nollywood’ (based in Nigeria). Yet, few of us know much about these dynamic film industries, their histories, or their multiple influences on Hollywood. This course complements the history of Hollywood offered in CMS2019 Global Hollywood to survey the development of cinemas around the world, covering key historical, technological, and cultural developments through case studies of significant films.


Students in this course will examine the emergence, development, and global influence of world cinema, from pre-war European cinema and postwar Italian Neo-Realism to Indian and Asian cinemas, and many others. They will use both a textual and contextual approach to develop knowledge of how international film industries are positioned in light of changing cultural, economic, industrial, and technological contexts, and the increasing dominance of Hollywood. Students will also attend regular film screenings that show a broad selection of texts, from early to present-day films.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. distinguish and consider key moments and/or features of the development of film around the world
  2. identify and critically discuss key world influences on Hollywood cinema
  3. use key disciplinary terms and/or approaches in the study of world cinema
  4. competently conduct textual analyses of films.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Emergence of international film industries 35.00
2. Contemporary world cinema 25.00
3. Analysing world films 40.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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All materials will be provided on Study Desk.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Bordwell, D, Thompson, K & Smith, J 2017, Film art: an introduction, 11th edn, McGraw-Hill Education, New York.
Cook, DA 2016, A history of narrative film, 5th edn, W. W. Norton & Company, New York.
Cook, P 2007, The cinema book, 3rd edn, British Film Institute, London.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Private Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ESSAY 100 35 21 Aug 2019 2,3,4
MAJOR ESSAY 100 45 23 Oct 2019 2,3,4
PARTICIPATION 100 20 23 Oct 2019 1,3 (see note 1)

  1. Marks will be based on a student's contributions to class (on-campus enrolment) or StudyDesk (online enrolment).

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

  1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement
  2. forms part of the Bachelor of Communication and Media and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Other requirements

  1. Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  3. Students will be required to attend all film screenings and/or watch those films as part of their private study.