GEAR 307 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Contemporary World Cinema
Local Credits
GEAR 307

Course Language
Course Type
Service Course
Course Level
First Cycle
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Course Objectives This course is an introduction to contemporary world cinema. It consists of film history, key concepts in film studies and world cinema research, and questions of representation in relation to issues of gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity in a global context.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Define main themes, key moments and trends in contemporary world cinema from the 1980s onwards.
  • Discuss how world cinema intervenes in debates about, and contributes new understandings to, our formulation of the local, national and the transnational in contemporary film studies.
  • Compare discourses regarding questions of representation in the context of gender, race, class and sexuality in cinema across different geographies.
  • Analyze key concepts in film studies and how they apply to world cinema.
  • Discuss meanings of the concepts of local, national and global in their wider implications to film and media studies as well as other disciplines of humanities.
  • Analyze diverse beliefs, practices, stories, and conditions within a wide range of Western and non-Western Cultures through the representations in the films.
  • Discuss film’s power to reflect, reveal, critique, and challenge cultural systems and globalization.
  • Evaluate complex relationships between national identity and transnational production.
Course Content This course combines theoretical work and the viewing of films. Students are responsible for the preparation of five response papers. Each week, we will summarize key points and arguments made by a film scholar on a particular topic and watch a film that relates closely to the text.


Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
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Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction
2 Middle Eastern Cinema I Screening: A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (Ana Lily Amirport, 2014) Moore, L. C. (2005). Women in a Widening Frame:(Cross-) Cultural Projection, Spectatorship and Iranian Cinema. Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture and Media Studies, 20(2), pp. 1-33
3 Eastern European Cinema Screening: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Christian Mungiu, 2007) Iordanova, D. (2001). Cinema of Flames: Balkan Film. Culture and the Media (London: BFI, 2001), 178. Ieta, R. (2010). The new Romanian cinema: a realism of impressions. Film Criticism, 34(2/3), 22.
4 Eastern European Cinema II Screening: Dogtooth (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2009) Papadimitriou, L. (2011). The national and the transnational in contemporary Greek cinema. New review of film and television studies, 9(4), 493-512. Chalkou, M. (2012). a new cinema of ‘emancipation’: Tendencies of independence in Greek cinema of the 2000s. Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, 3(2), 243-261. Koutsourakis, A. (2012). Cinema of the Body: The Politics of Performativity in Lars von Trier's Dogville and Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth. Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image, 3, 84-108.
5 Western European Cinema I Screening: Festen / The Celebration dir. by Thomas Vinterberg First response paper due date. Geuens, Jean-Pierre, ‘Dogma 95: A Manifesto for Our Times’, Quarterly Review of Film & Video, Vol. 18, Issue 2, (2001) pp. 191 – 202
6 Western European Cinema II Screening: In My Skin (Marina de Van, 2002) Powrie, P. (1998). Heritage, history and ‘new realism’: French cinema in the 1990s. Modern & Contemporary France, 6(4), 479-491. Gibson, B. (2006). Bearing witness: The Dardenne Brothers' and Michael Haneke's implication of the viewer. CineAction, (70), 24.
7 Indian Cinema Screening: Raman Raghav 2.0 (Anurag Kashyap, 2016) Second Response Paper due date. Larkin, B. (1997). Indian films and Nigerian lovers: media and the creation of parallel modernities. Africa, 67(03), 406-440.
8 African Cinema Screenings: Call Me Kuchu (Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall, 2012) Adesokan, A. (2012). Nollywood and the idea of the Nigerian cinema. Journal of African Cinemas, 4(1), 81-98.
9 Latin American Cinema Screening: XXY (Lucia Puenzo, 2007) Rocha, C. (2009). Contemporary Argentine Cinema during Neoliberalism.Hispania, 841-851.
10 Korean Cinema Screening: Oldboy (Park Chan Wook, 2003) Third Response Paper due date. Darcy Paquet. (2009). New Korean Cinema: Breaking the Waves. Columbia University Press. 44-61.
11 Hong Kong and Chinese Cinema Screening: Suzhou River (Ye Lou, 2000) Lee, V. P. (2009). Hong Kong cinema since 1997: the post-nostalgic imagination. Palgrave Macmillan. 163-184.
12 Japanese Cinema Screening: Noriko’s Dinner Table (Sion Sono, 2005) Dew, O. (2007). ‘Asia Extreme!: Japanese Cinema and British Hype. New Cinema: Journal of Contemporary Film Vol. 5 issue 1, 53-73. Hyland, R. (2002). Hybridity in Contemporary Japanese Cinema: Heterogeneity in a Homogenous Society. Asian Cinema Vol. 13 issue 2, 105-114.
13 Cinema in Australia and New Zealand Screening: Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson, 1994) Fourth response paper due date Scahill, A. (2012) ‘Wonderful, Heavenly, Beautiful, and Ours’: Lesbian Fantasy and Media(ted) Desire in Heavanly Creatures. Journal of Lesbian Studies. Vol. 16 issue 3, 365-375.
14 Diasporic Cinema and Beyond the Transnational Cinema Screening: White Material (Claire Denis, 2009) Bergfelder, T. (2005). National, transnational or supranational cinema? Rethinking European film studies. Media, culture & society, 27(3), 315-331. Higbee, W., & Lim, S. H. (2010). Concepts of transnational cinema: Towards a critical transnationalism in film studies. Transnational Cinemas, 1(1), 7-21.
15 Fifth response paper due date
16 Review of the semester


Course Textbooks

The course uses the sources that are listed above in the Weekly Subjects and Related Preparations.



Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Seminar / Workshop
Midterms / Oral Exams
Final / Oral Exam

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade


Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
Study Hours Out of Class
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Seminar / Workshop
Midterms / Oral Exams
Final / Oral Exam



Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1 Adequate knowledge in Mathematics, Science and Civil Engineering; ability to use theoretical and applied information in these areas to model and solve Civil Engineering problems
2 Ability to identify, define, formulate, and solve complex Civil Engineering problems; ability to select and apply proper analysis and modeling methods for this purpose
3 Ability to design a complex system, device or product under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the desired result; ability to apply modern design methods for this purpose
4 Ability to devise, select, and use modern techniques and tools needed for Civil Engineering practice
5 Ability to design and conduct experiments, gather data, analyze and interpret results for investigating Civil Engineering problems
6 Ability to work efficiently in Civil Engineering disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; ability to work individually
7 Ability to communicate effectively in Turkish, both orally and in writing; knowledge of a minimum of two foreign languages
8 Recognition of the need for lifelong learning; ability to access information, to follow developments in science and technology, and to continue to educate him/herself
9 Awareness of professional and ethical responsibility
10 Information about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development
11 Knowledge about contemporary issues and the global and societal effects of engineering practices on health, environment, and safety; awareness of the legal consequences of Civil Engineering solutions

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest