Spring 2020 - CA 137 D100

The History and Aesthetics of Cinema II (3)

Class Number: 8643

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    GCA 3200, GOLDCORP

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 20, 2020
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    HCC 1900, Vancouver



This course will examine selected developments in cinema from 1945 to the present, with attention to various styles of artistic expression in film. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Students with credit for FPA 137 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.


This course covers the history and development of world cinema from the end of WWII until the present. Its approach is twofold: on the one hand, it will provide an historical survey of some significant trends and movements within cinema during the period. On the other hand, the course will provide an introduction to the interpretation of cinema and the various vocabularies and methods with which one can explore the aesthetic qualities of cinema. The class tries to strike a balance between surveying a broad selection of national cinemas and cinema styles with a more concentrated focus. This semester, films from the US and Europe will be a significant focus, but with a sampling of cinema from Japan and the Philippines and the Indigenous cinema of Canada.


  • Class participation (including lecture, screening & tutorial) 15%
  • Test 1 22%
  • Test 2 23%
  • Essay 25%
  • Short Film Analysis Exercise 15%


Notes: Grade breakdown is tentative and may change before the semester begins, it will be finalized in Week 1 of the class. 



The Film Experience, 5th edition. Timothy Corrigan and Patricia White. Macmillan Press.
ISBN: 978319251659

Other readings will be made available on Canvas.

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