Metropolitan State University

MDST 378 : World Cinema

A. Course Description
Credits: 4
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies , Goal 08 - Global Perspective
An opportunity for students to explore the world, world cultures and film traditions, and world issues through films from around the globe. The goal is to enrich students' film and cultural understanding of selected parts of the contemporary world.
B. Course Effective Dates: 08/21/2009 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of world cinema.
  2. Develop analytic criteria for evaluation of films.
  3. Improve critical thinking and writing skills.
  4. Advance in oral and written forms, arguments true in support of the aesthetic and contextual qualities of a particular film at an advanced level.
  5. Understand and can synthesize aesthetic and critical principles of cinema in relationship to film traditions and world issues at an intermediate level.
  6. Understand film theory and technique, including basic film terms, structures, elements, genres, and themes; discover and understand what makes some films work and some not by analyzing foreign films.
  7. Deepen cultural understanding by exploring how film is a lens or prism used to view and editorialize events and era across the globe.
  8. Engage students on selected issues shared worldwide and issues specific to other parts of the contemporary world.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies
Goal 08 - Global Perspective
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of cultural, social, religious and linguistic differences.
  2. Analyze specific international problems, illustrating the cultural, economic, and political differences that affect their solution.
  3. Describe and analyze political, economic, and cultural elements which influence relations of states and societies in their historical and contemporary dimensions.
  4. Understand the role of a world citizen and the responsibility world citizens share for their common global future.
G. Special Information