World Cinemas

 

Why Study World Cinemas

Created in 2008 and 2014, the Minor and the Major in Film Studies allow students to acquire comprehensive knowledge of the technical and artistic principles of film and cinema. Students will also develop solid methodological and theoretical skills as they develop a critical eye for different cinematic works across the globe.

Since it emerged in the 19th century, cinema has become a universal vehicle for communication and one of the most popular forms of mass entertainment; it is a popular art form that owes its existence to an industrial system of production, distribution and promotion. Cinema tells stories, anchored in different contexts (local, national and international), that are not necessarily—or not "simply"—a reflection of a particular social reality. Told through the eye of the film makers, the stories contribute to our perception of self and others.

Studying film and cinema allows us to examine the intersection of technical and artistic developments, social change and personal views while keeping in mind how the mythology of different communities, nations and cultures is (re)produced, questioned and changed.

Film Studies allow us to question ourselves and to reflect on our way of seeing the world and ourselves.

What's more, as globalization transforms the world and as cultural products cross borders faster and faster, cinema is both a particularly effective tool for helping us to know ourselves and others and a catalyst for more productive personal and cross-cultural understanding and dialogue.

Please note that courses with CIN code can be chosen as optional courses and/or electives courses for the following programs:

  • B.A. spécialisé bidisciplinaire en communication et lettres françaises
  • Joint Honours BA in Communication and Political Science
  • Joint Honours BA in Communication and Sociology
  • Honours BA with specialization in Communication
  • Major in Communication
  • Minor in Communication
  • World Cinemas
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