Summer 2022 - IS 105 D100

Around the World through Film (3)

Class Number: 4158

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    HCC 1700, Vancouver

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 14, 2022
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    HCC 2520, Vancouver



Explores social, economic, and political change around the globe, through documentaries and feature films. Examines pressing issues that shape and reflect people’s lives in diverse countries and regions, from Asia and Latin America, to Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.


We will explore social, economic, and political change across the globe through feature films and documentaries. Our themes range from ethno-cultural conflict and patriarchy, to struggles for social & environmental justice, and the ever-growing role of information technology in globalization, social control, and populism. What does film as a medium bring to how we perceive these themes, and respond to them?

Our selection of films includes: A Dry White Season (Palcy, 1989), Leviathan (Zvyagintsev, 2014), What is Democracy? (Taylor, 2018), Reconstruction (Gates, 2019), Parasite (Bong, 2019), Grit (Wade-Friedlander, 2018), China’s Spying Eyes (Carney, 2018), A Separation (Farhadi, 2011), Cleaners (Block-Riesewieck, 2018), and Laila’s Birthday (Mashrawi, 2008).  


  • Response Report 40%
  • Participation 10%
  • Final Exam 50%


Active participation is expected in all sessions. A response report (1750 words) and a final take-home exam are required.

Students will be required to submit their written assignments to in order to receive credit for the assignments and for the course.

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Multiple readings will be posted on Canvas.


The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Politics. Ed. Y. Tzioumakis & Claire Molloy. London: Routledge, 2018 (Pbk). ISBN: 9781138391680. Available in e-format at SFU Library.

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