COM 323-A Topic in Film: National Cinema


Course Details

  • Online
  • 8 Weeks | May 29 – July 20
  • 3 Credits | Cost: $1425.00
  • Online myHill Registration | April 9 – May 22
  • Online Payment is Due at Time of Registration

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce you to the many facets of cinema from around the world. We will be watching films from a diverse range of regions and countries. Due to time constraints, we will be focusing primarily on contemporary global cinema, with a consideration of history to contextualize our discussions. By looking at several key case studies we will come to understand such matters as globalization, national and cultural identity, the intricacies of funding sources, international co-production, globalization, and the role of international film festivals. Further, we will examine how film has served as a tool of propaganda and as a means of artistic critique of power. By the end of the course, we will have developed the means to interrogate the very concept of “National Cinema,” and to understand the diverse range of players that need to be considered in defining such a complex matter. This course will give you the chance to develop your own interests through the use of blogs, short engagements, and other outlets. The world of cinema is a fascinating one, and by the end of this course I think you will have developed an expanded knowledge and appreciation for a wide range of cinemas from around the world.

Additional Information

  • Course may be taken up to four times, but Communication students may only count one toward the major or minor.
  • Course may be applied to the American Studies programs as well as the Cinema Studies and Digital Media Production minors.
  • Faculty will contact all students after the May 22nd registration deadline with course instructions. Students should expect to dedicate approximately 17 hours of course related work per week.

Course Instructor

Michael V. DelNero

Adjunct Professor in Communication

Dr. DelNero received his Ph.D. in Media and Communication Studies from Bowling Green State University. He is currently a Teaching Fellow at Stonehill in the Communication Department.  His areas of specialization are in New Media, Cinema Studies, Surveillance Studies, and the American horror tradition. At Stonehill he’s taught the following courses: Media Literacy, Mediated Communication, and special topics courses on Cinematic Apocalypses, Media Convergence, and Altered Lifeforms in the Media. He is currently working on an article about the film The Road as a cautionary tale of environmental destruction.

Dr. DelNero is a true New Englander, and loves the beauty and culture here, especially in the fall. He frequently travels to Boston, his all-time favorite city. He also frequently journeys north to Vermont and Maine.