Swayam Central

Introduction To Film Studies

By Ms Juhee Prasad   |   School of Media and Communication Studies, Doon University, Dehradun

What is the language of cinema?
What is the relationship between films and society?
How is meaning constructed in a film?

To find answers to many such questions Enroll Today and earn a certificate upon completion.

The course will facilitate a fundamental understanding of cinema, its vast history and the role it plays in society. It will enable the students to develop the necessary skills to critically analyse and study films as artworks and social texts. The course will encourage critical thinking in the students while also developing a respect for cultural diversity as they become acquainted with it through the means of cinema.

Course Objectives

To trace the history and development of cinema
To comprehend the role and impact of cinema in society and vice-versa
To develop an understanding of the political, cultural and aesthetic nuances of film making
To critically analyse and appreciate cinema as an art

Learners enrolled: 2193


Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 13 Jan 2020
End Date : 22 Mar 2020
Exam Date : 10 May 2020
Enrollment Ends : 08 Mar 2020
Category :
  • Arts
  • Level : Undergraduate


    Week 1: Language of Cinema
    Module 1
    : Visual Language, Cinematography, Visual Universe
    Module 2: Miseenscene, Colour as storytelling device
    Module 3: Editing - History and Development
    Module 4: Continuity Editing, Soviet Montage

    Week 2: Language of Cinema
    Module 5: Beginnings of sound, Manifestations in  cinema, Music in cinema
    Module 6: Diegetic, Non-Diegetic, Sync, Non-Sync
    Module 7: Beginnings of Cinema
    Module 8: Silent Era to Studio Era

    Week 3: Social Context and Film Form
    Module 9: German Expressionism - WW I and Expressionism
    Module 10: German Expressionism - Filmmakers, Impact and Legacy
    Module 11: Italian Neorealism - Realism, Advent of Neorealism
    Module 12: Italian Neorealism - Neorealist Cinema, Downfall and Legacy

    Week 4: Social Context and Film Form
    Module 13: French New Wave - Cahiers du Cinema, Philosophy
    Module 14: French New Wave - The French Masters, Cinematic Style and Legacy
    Module 15: Third Cinema - Socio-Political Milieu
    Module 16: Third Cinema - Ideology, Movement and Legacy

    Week 5: Alternative Visions
    Module 17: Auteur Theory - French Cinema, Cahiers du Cinema
    Module 18: Auteur Theory - Theory, Legacy, Auteurs
    Module 19: Feminist Film Theory - Visual Pleasure, Feminist Criticism
    Module 20: Feminist Film Theory - Freudian Psychosexual Theory, Critique

    Week 6: Alternative Visions
    Module 21: Queer Theory - Gender and Its Representation
    Module 22: Queer Theory - Film as Queer Text, Criticism
    Module 23: Postmodernism - Modernism and Cinema
    Module 24: Postmodernism - Postmodernist Cinema and Characteristics

    Week 7: Alternative Visions
    Module 25: Film Genre - Genre Theory
    Module 26: Film Genre  - Western Film, Anthology Film
    Module 27: Film Genre  - Film Noir, Gangster Film
    Module 28: Film Genre - Genre Blending, Genre Bending

    Week 8: Hindi Cinema
    Module 29: Parsi Theatre, Silent Era
    Module 30: The Talkie, Studio System
    Module 31: Narrating the Nation in Cinema
    Module 32: Nation Building, Golden Age

    Week 9: Hindi Cinema
    Module 33: Indian New Wave, Parallel Cinema
    Module 34: Parallel Cinema - Decline and Legacy
    Module 35: Liberalisation and Indian Cinema
    Module 36: Rise of Multiplex Cinema

    Week 10: Film Culture
    Module 37: Evolution of Censorship
    Module 38: Film Criticism, Cinephilia
    Module 39: Exhibition, Distribution and Production
    Module 40: Festivals, Events and Communities


    A History of the French New Wave Cinema - Richard John Neupert
    Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema - Tejaswini Ganti
    Chick Flicks: Theories and Memories of the Feminist Film Movement - B. Ruby Rich
    Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts - Susan Hayward
    Film History: An Introduction - Kristin Thompson, David Bordwell
    Film Studies: An Introduction - Ed Sikov 
    German Expressionist Films (Pocket Essentials) - Paul Cooke
    Grammar of the Shot -  Christopher J. Bowen 
    Introduction to Film Studies - Jill Nelmes
    Italian Neorealism and Global Cinema - Laura E. Ruberto, Kristi M. Wilson
    New Queer Cinema: The Director's Cut - B. Ruby Rich
    Our Films, Their Films - Satyajit Ray
    Questions of Third Cinema - Jim Pines
    The 5 C's of Cinematography: Motion Picture Filming Techniques -  Joseph V. Mascelli
    The Film Book: A Complete Guide to the World of Film -  Ronald Bergan  
    The History of Film - David Parkinson 
    The History of Italian Cinema: A Guide to Italian Film from Its Origins to the Twenty-first Century - Gian Piero Brunetta


    Ms Juhee Prasad

    School of Media and Communication Studies, Doon University, Dehradun
    Ms Juhee Prasad completed her masters in Mass Communication from AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia and holds a BA (Hons) degree in English from Delhi University. She has been associated with the School of Media and Communication Studies, Doon University in the capacity of Assistant Professor since 2013, indulging in rigorous teaching and training. Her areas of specialisation include photography and filmmaking while her research interest lies in Film Studies. Prior to starting her career as an academic, she engaged in freelance work taking on roles like assistant director, scriptwriter and content developer for various independent filmmakers and production houses. She was engaged with PIB for Commonwealth Games 2010 as Desk Manager. 


    • The course is free to enroll and learn from.
    • However, if you wish to get a certificate, you need to register and appear for a proctored exam.
    • Exam Registration Fee: Rs. 1000/- for General Students, Rs. 599 for SC/ST Students
    • Date and time of Exam: 10th May' 2020, Morning Session - 9 am to 12 Noon
    • If you succeed in the examination, a certificate will be issued by the host university (Doon University). All related information will be notified on SWAYAM platform.
    • Assessment: 30% for in-course assessment, 70% for end-term proctored exam.