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Course Code: 
RTC 300
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Course Objectives: 
This course aims to evaluate, to recognize and to discuss the film culture, styles and themes of acknowledged films and established directors of contemporary world cinema in the international arena; the requirements of international success of national cinemas as cultural products; the effect of these requirements on film culture; and the themes and styles of films from a cultural, historical and aesthetical point of view. The objective of this course is to give rise to thought and bring into discussion the basic issues of national and international cinemas with various layers, the parallelism of diverse cultures in a global world, their interaction and the conflicts with each other.
Course Content: 

This course will include conceptual, theoretical and analytic approaches and discussions of world cinema which also consider the cultural production requirements; the examples of contemporary world cinema will be on focus within a wide perspective of cultural historical and social grounds.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Interactive Lecture, 15: Assignment
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Testing, B: Homework, C: Presentation

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1) Defines and evaluates the world cinema from artistic, cultural, historical and social perspectives 1, 7, 8 1, 2, 9, 15 B, C
2) Associates the process of cultural production and influence of  economic, politic and social dynamics 1, 6, 7 1, 2, 9, 15 B, C
3) Acknowledges the institutions such as international film festivals, which define cinema as art, select, exhibit and historicize the films 1, 3, 4, 5 1, 2, 9, 15 B, C
4) Analyzes the unity of theme, content and form of a film as a creative text, in cultural, esthetical, ideological, socioeconomic, sociopolitical, historical and intellectual contexts 4, 7, 8 1, 2, 9, 15 B, C
5) Analyzes contemporary world cinema with all components of cultural production dynamics, exhibition and distribution, so that gets acquainted with and defines cultures and communities of the world within the world system 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 1, 2, 9, 15 B, C

Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction to the course, presenting the course content and its methods.  
2 Reading a film from different perspectives. Film, theory, method, analysis Corrigan, (2013) p.17-62.
3 Concepts and definition of World Cinema. Elsaesser (2005) p.385-94.
4 Determinants of world cinema. Global, local & center and periphery. The rise of world cinema in international arena Armes (2011) p.163-177.
5 Cinema as cultural production and as an art form. Geography and geopolitics Galt &Schoonover (2010) p.3-30.
6 Webs of film production, and distribution. National film industries Armes (2011) p.226-231.
7 Alternative World Cinema Market, Film festivals exhibition,production and distribution system De Valck (2007) p.90-94.
8 Midterm (Midterm Assignment)  
9 Hollywood Film Industry versus Art and the World Chaudhuri (2005) p.1-13.
10 European Art cinema Kaplan (2010) p.285-302.
11 From art cinema to world cinema European cinema Elsaesser (2005) p.485-513.
12 Issues in World Cinema Dissenayake (1998)
13 Transnational film funds, aesthetic and thematic tendencies Randall (2010) p.303-320.
14 Discussions and comparisons: World Cinema versus Mainstream  
15 Manifestations of films and the world  
16 Final (Final Assignment)  

Recommended Sources

  • Armes, Roy (2011) Üçüncü Dünya Sineması ve Batı. Zahit Atam (çev.) İstanbul: Doruk Yayımcılık.
  • Betz, Mark (2010) “Beyond Europe: On Parametric Transcendence” Global Art Cinema: New Theories and Histories. Rosalind Galt & Karl Shoonover  (der.), NY: Oxford University Press. ss. 31-47.
  • Chaudhuri, Shohini (2005) Contemporary World Cinema: Europe, Middle East, East Asia, South Asia. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. ss. 1-13
  • De Valck, Marijke (2007) Film Festivals: From European Geopolitics to Global Cinephilia. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. ss. 90-4 /
  • Dissanayake, Wimal (1998) “Issues in World Cinema” The Oxford Guide to Film Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Elsaesser, Thomas  (2005) European Cinema: Face to Face with Hollywood. ss. 485-513.
  • Minh-ha, Trinh T. (1994) “Outside In Inside Out.” Questions of Third Cinema. Jim Pines & Paul Willemen (eds.) London. BFI. ss. 133-149.
  • Kaplan, E. Ann (2010) “European Art Cinema, Affect, and Postcolonialism: Herzog, Denis, and the Dardenne Brothers” Global Art Cinema: New Theories and Histories. Rosalind Galt & Karl Shoonover (der.) NY: Oxford University Press. ss. 285-302.
  • Galt, Rosalind & Schonover, Karl (2010) “Introduction: The Impurity of Art Cinema” Global Art Cinema: New Theories and Histories. Rosalind Galt & Karl Shoonover (der.), NY: Oxford University Press. ss. 3-30.
  • Halle, Randall (2010) “Offering Tales They Want to Hear: Transnational European Film Funding an Neo-orientalism” R. Galt & K. Shoonover  (der.), NY: Oxford University Press. pp. 303-320.


Additional Resources Shohat, Ella & Stam, Robert (2002) Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media. London: Routledge.
Films Tabutta Rövaşata, Derviş Zaim, Türkiye,

Raise the Red Lantern, Zhang Yimou, China, 1991

Central do Brasil, Walter Salles, Brazil/France, 1998

In the Mood for Love, Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong, 2000

Cache, Michael Haneke, France/Austria, 2005

Araf, Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Türkiye, 2012

La Promesse, J.P. Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, Belgium, 1996 

4 Ay, 3 Hafta, 2 Gün, Cristian Mungıu, Romania/ Belgium, 2007

İlkbahar, Yaz, Sonbahar, Kış ve İlkbahar, Kim Ki-duk, South Korea/Germany, 2003

Bin-jip 3-Iron, Kim Ki-duk, South Korea/Japan, 2004

Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge, Hsiao-hsien Hou, France/Taiwan, 2007

Copy Conforme, Abbas Kiarostami, France/Italy/Belgium/Iran, 2010

Material Sharing

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Mid-term Assignment 1 70
Oral Exam / Presentation 14 30
Total   100
Contribution of Final Examination to Overall Grade   50
Contribution of In-Term Studies to Overall Grade   50
Total   100

Course’s Contribution to Program

No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Defines basic concepts, theories, methods, and domains of study specific to radio, television and cinema by associating them with the findings and theories of humanities and social sciences.       X  
2 Demonstrates the responsibilities, effective participation, coordination, and planning skills essential for harmonious and efficient teamwork in the production processes relative to the radio, television and cinema fields.          
3 Generates media products in accordance with professional standards in various narrative forms and genres specific to the field by synthesizing up-to-date knowledge and skills for expertise acquired through applied and theoretical courses. X        
4 Manifests professional knowledge and such skills as copywriting, image management, editing, sound design, producing and directing, media management in different fields of radio, television and cinema locally and globally.       X  
5 Holds responsibility in broadcasting by integrating national and international rules of law that media professionals should pursue with professional ethical principles.     X    
6 Comprehends the knowledge and skills related to institutional operation and management in the production and broadcasting processes of radio, television and cinema for the common interest.   X      
7 Evaluates radio, television and cinema fields analytically and critically from their institutional structuring to products regarding a wide range of cultural, artistic, economic, and social relations.         X
8 Has the ability to collect visual, audio and written data, conduct research, evaluate, report and offer creative solutions in the fields of radio, television and cinema.   X      
9 Develops original projects for radio, television and cinema by following new technologies, developments, and ideas in the fields of art, culture, and media at the national and global planes.       X  


Activities Quantity Duration
Course Duration 14 3 42
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14 2 28
Oral exam/Presentation 14 3 42
Mid-term Assignment 1 3 3
Final Assignment 1 3 3
Total Workload     118
Total Workload / 25 (h)     4,7
ECTS Credit of the Course     5