What can films and other types of artistic representation tell us about our globalised world? How have cultural forms and practices evolved through this and the last century, as different global groups and regions have become increasingly interconnected?
This innovative combined degree course cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries, drawing on several areas of expertise in visual culture across the humanities. You’ll learn how to interpret cultural texts and practices from throughout the world, gaining a solid grounding in film and textual analysis, cultural studies and area studies. This degree can lead to a variety of careers, including publishing; academia; journalism; television, radio and film production; administration and management; advertising and public relations.
We’re a vibrant and friendly team, with close international ties and a reputation for cutting- edge research and high-quality teaching.
Modes of study
Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
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The BA with Honours in Global Cinema and Culture exists in a range of Combined Honours courses, including an ‘integrated’ course combining modules from the various courses in Languages, Cultures and Religions and Communications, Media and Culture.
Semesters 1 – 3
In Semesters 1 – 3 you will take the following core modules:
- Global Cinema
- Post-war European Cinema
- Classic European Cinema
Semesters 4 – 8
In Semesters 4 – 8 you will develop a critical understanding and analytical approach to global cinema and culture, including analysis of certain non- European cultures.
Core advanced modules include:
- Global Cinema and Culture Theory 1
- Global Cinema and Culture Theory 2
- Dissertation Preparation
Advanced option modules include:
- Transnational Identities
- African Literature and Cinema
- French Cinema of the Fantastic
- Queering Latin America: Sexuality and Gender in Film
- Postcolonial France
- Transatlantic Cinema
Teaching and assessment
Assessment is continuous, so you will submit coursework as well as sitting exams. There is also a component of group work and group assessment, which enables you to develop teamwork skills.
In the final year of your studies, you will take a dissertation module and write a dissertation on a specialist subject of your own choosing.
The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.
In the first two years, students might have one lecture and one seminar a week per module, with a film screening every two weeks. At Honours level, students can expect to have a two-hour seminar in each module per week.
Global Cinema and Culture can be studied with:
|Film and Media
(For a Combined Honours degree the higher entrance requirements of the subjects usually apply.)
The Global Cinema and Culture degree at Stirling is highly unusual in that it combines the study of cultural theory with the study of cinema and other visual media such as photography.
Staff on the course have international reputations in the fields of cinema and cultural studies.
The School of Languages, Cultures and Religions has particular strengths in film studies, cultural studies, post-colonial studies, and queer studies.
Professor Elizabeth Ezra has published widely on cinema and culture, including books on European cinema, transnational cinema, early cinema, and French colonial/postcolonial film and culture. She sits on the editorial and advisory boards of several academic journals, and is co-director of Stirling’s MLitt in Film Studies, which is jointly taught with Communication, Media and Culture.
Although the course is quite new in that it has only recently produced its first cohort of graduates, already this group of students has had considerable success in gaining places on postgraduate courses.
The attractive combination of skills developed by this course is highly sought after by employers both in the UK and abroad. Graduates are prepared for a wide variety of careers in publishing, journalism, television, radio and film production, academia, administration and management, advertising and public relations.
Skills you can develop through this course
As you progress through your Global Cinema and Culture degree, you will have the opportunity to develop practical skills and attributes that are much sought after by prospective employers:
- Written communication – these skills are developed through the various essays, reports and examinations required for each of your modules
- Oral communication – learn to get your point across effectively in a group setting through class presentations
- Teamworking – groupwork is an essential part of your GCC degree, and is developed through group presentations
- Global awareness — you will gain an understanding of the variety of cultures and national identities that shape the world today, as well as an awareness of the role of cultural practices and cultural institutions in society
- Media analyisis—you will become proficient in the analysis of a range of media and expressive arts, including not only cinema, but also digital media, photography, literature and advertising
- Time management – you will learn how to manage your time more effectively through your active involvement in group projects, as well as by successfully juggling your weekly workload in order to meet your multiple deadlines for coursework
- Self-confidence – participating in every aspect of your degree will help build your confidence, both personally and professionally.
Chances to expand your horizons
Global Cinema and Culture students enjoy a vibrant, cross-cultural environment in which they will have the opportunity to attend guest lectures from high-profile international speakers.
Where are our graduates now?
According to recent statistics (Unistats, 2012), more than 85 percent of Global Cinema graduates go on to employment or further study within six months of graduation. Our recent graduates have gone on to a wide variety of jobs in the UK and abroad including: academia, administration and management, advertising, journalism, public relations, and television, radio and film production.
Graduating with a degree in Global Cinema and Culture degree does not necessarily mean that you have to progress into a career in that field. A Global Cinema and Culture degree is a solid foundation upon which to base a career in a variety of different fields.