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Course Description

View from behind a cinema audience

The course is designed to give the student knowledge and understanding of contemporary cinematic expression. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Critically analyze the various elements of film, and appropriate apply these critical skills to other texts, as well as in everyday life.
  2. Analyze films (in components or in whole) using discipline-specific terminology and vocabulary, error free and concisely, in a variety of formats (writing, discussion, etc...).
  3. Apply the structure and features of proper argumentation in writing or in discussions as it pertains to film analysis.
  4. Explain the cultural, social, and ideological implications of feature film production, specifically blockbusters, in the context of the contemporary period.
  5. Analyze the primary technical and aesthetic elements of film production, specifically blockbusters.

Course Topics

  • Jaws
  • Star Wars
  • Back to the Future
  • Independence Day
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Invisible Man

Additional Requirements

Equate(s): DRMA*2500


Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Discussions (4) 20% 2 and 3
Mandatory Writing Assignments (4) 60% 2, 3, 5 and 5
Final Paper 20% 1, 3, 4 and 5
Total 100% 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Contemporary Cinema
September 05, 2024 to November 29, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
Domestic Tuition Fee - Non-Ontario (0.5 units) $745.75 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,379.57 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Reading List / Textbook
You may purchase your course textbook, or other required/supplementary reading and learning materials, from the University of Guelph Bookstore or the Guelph Campus Co-op Bookstore, or from another third-party seller. 
Section Notes

Please Note: 6 films are required for viewing within this course: Jaws (Spielberg, 1975), Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (Lucas, 1977), Back to the Future (Zemeckis, 1985), Independence Day (Emmerich, 1996), Mad Max: Fury Road (Miller, 2015) and Barbie (Gerwig, 2023). Most films can be found on Ares. If not, you may be able to access the films through: a local library, iTunes*, Netflix*, Disney+*, or shomi*. *Be sure to read the terms and conditions of use.

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