Bader International Study Centre


at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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FILM 104/3.0 Film Form and Modern Culture to 1970

Instructor: Dr. Robert Hyland

Course Description

In this course, films will be analyzed as a primarily visual medium. The cinematic image has the power to move and the power to provoke emotions. Historically, cinema has also reflected the worldviews and outlooks of different generations. The visual image can be a statement on life and can also precipitate changes in social and political ideologies. But how has cinema evolved to transmit messages through image based means? By looking at significant films from different periods of cinema and global history and by reading thoughts and arguments about how cinema can most effectively create and control meaning, students will learn how cinema itself is a form of language, and students will learn how to critique and write about important elements of the poetics of cinema.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Students will learn a history of cinema, but will also learn the language of cinema, develop how to detail cinematic moments in writing, how to express historical contextual detail and apply that contextual knowledge to an argument on theoretical issues of cinema.

Field Studies

Past field studies for this course have included visits to special exhibitions in Hollywood costuming, the British Film Institute, the BBC television studios and the Cinematheque Francais and film museum in Paris.

Primary Research Expectations

As we will be visiting both galleries and museums, you will be expected to express in your reports how your knowledge of these primary source materials effects your understanding of film analysis.


The course is evaluated through a combination of written assignments, tests and field studies reports. There is one long research essay of 1500-2000 words.