World Cinemas | Online Film Course Arts and Science ONLINE

World Cinemas

FILM 303/3.0

This course, typically offered at the Bader International Study Centre, will be offered online to distance students with a limited number of spaces. Please note that there may be synchronous sessions in this course.

For information on this course, please visit the Bader International Study Website

If you are a Distance student and interested in taking this BISC course, please contact Jenny Winter at sends e-mail) giving her your full name, student ID and your reason for wanting to take the course or seek permission to have the prerequisites waived. Please note that BISC will decide if your request will be granted.

This course offers an overview of recent filmmaking practices from various continents. Transnational cinemas explore how intimate, personal styles of filmmaking converge with theories of globalization, hybridity and remediation.

Please note: This course is typically offered in the fall and/or winter term

Learning Outcomes

After completing FILM 303, students will be able to:

  1. recognize specific directors and themes that exemplify artistic high points of contemporary world cinema;
  2. analyze and discuss how contemporary world cinema responds to political, social and religious landscapes of this era;
  3. describe the distinct modes of filmmaking in contemporary world cinema;
  4. explain media theory and intercultural communication as it relates to world cinema;
  5. identify the cultural components of world cinema;
  6. critically evaluate and express questions relating to globalization; and
  7. explore issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion through the experience of giving and receiving critical peer feedback.


This course offers an overview of recent filmmaking and media practices hailing from Africa, Indigenous America, Europe, Asia, Quebec and Australia. We will explore how intimate, personal styles of filmmaking converge with theories of globalization, hybridity, transnationalism, and remediation, through the study of a selection of films greatly influenced by the political, cultural, economic, social, and historical forces at work in a number of countries around the world.

More specifically, this course will take you through a virtual journey around the world, with each module presenting a different region of the world, film genre, and way of thinking about world cinema. You will be exposed to different genres and the way they were exploited, distributed and made popular in specific areas of the globe – for example Japanese animation, African Nollywood videography, Aboriginal documentary films and media work, European road movies, and Quebec transnational productions (Quebec filmmakers in Hollywood). Another important aspect of this course relates to film reception and the manners in which populations will reappropriate the films screened by finding new ways of viewing them. For example, community showings in Indigenous communities will include food, children running around and people directly addressing the character on screen. Finally, we will critically reflect on the unique cultural values and contemporary tools and techniques that shape the film narrative and style, making them more attentive to the emerging geopolitical realities and transnational structures.


Summer 21: May - June
Course Dates: 
May 10 - June 21, 2021
Exam Dates: 
June 24-26, 2021


Professor Robert Hyland
Fall 2021
Course Dates: 
Sep. 7 - Dec. 3, 2021
Exam Dates: 
Dec. 8 - Dec. 22, 2021


5%    Self-Assessment Quizzes (4)

10%  Group Discussion Forums (4)

30%  Midterm 

15%  Group Peer Review (of Online Journal)

40%  Term Assignment (Online Journal)

**Evaluation Subject to change.**

Live Sessions

This course has optional live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities). Please consult the Timeline in the first week of class.


Dr. Karine Bertrand (

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 9 hours a week (108 hours per term) on this course.

Course Resources


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About Credit Units

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Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


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Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

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Non-Queen’s Students

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