Global Culture & World Society CRN 30799



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Remote: Remote-Blended

W 2-3:50pm

this announcement includes nine small movie posters of films to be shown in the course. The film titles are; Within Our Gates, Battleship Potemkin, No, Lumumba, Machuca, The Battle of Algiers, Et Mainenant on Va Ou?, Wadjad and When I Saw You.

This course traces the history of globalization through world cinema and uses film to study local histories in their transnational and global contexts. Is there an emergent world society or does friction shape relations between global and local institutions and cultures? Does globalization lead to a common dominant culture? Or do transnational social, political and cultural movements contest cultural domination? 

Together we will watch and analyze movies from the Soviet Union, Black America, Algeria/Italy, Chile, Haiti/Congo, Palestine, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia to see how filmmakers from the margins of global capitalism have used film technology to tell their own stories about how their people live their lives in contexts of local and global change.

This is a 6-week blended-online course. The class will meet in real time online once a week on Wednesday afternoons to discuss our texts and movies in detail. You will also stream historical narrative movies from around the world from Western Libraries twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays). There will be online discussions every Tuesday at students' convenience (asynchronously), and short film analysis papers due each Friday. Readings are divided across case histories (early week) and movie appreciation and analysis (mid-week & late week).

Requirements for Credit: Faithful (online) attendance, preparation and respectful, engaged participation; 5 personal discussion posts on movies’ affects & 5 short movie analyses; a short research project - a paper or a video essay – analyzing another movie in historical and cinematic contexts; a Fairhaven self-evaluation. 

Course Text: Geoffrey Nowell-Smith. 2017. The History of Cinema: A Very Short Introduction. NY: Oxford University Press.

All other readings will be available electronically through Canvas and Western Libraries


FAIR 203A or any SSC GUR.


Summer 2021
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