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Cinema: Analysis & Theory


Admission requirements

There are no additional requirements.

This course has replaced the course Cinema & Photography: Theory (2022-2023).


This course provides an overview of classic and contemporary theories of cinema. It begins by unpacking several influential movements that shaped the early days of cinema, such as: German Expressionism, Russian Constructivism, Italian Neorealism, and Modernism. Having revisited these movements, it then turns to more contemporary debates and discourses, such as: feminism, the gaze, psychoanalysis, the quirky cinema. To operationalize these theories, the course makes use of two methodologies; those are: mise-en-scène and discourse analysis. By using these methods, it inquires: In which ways does the content of a film change when read through a specific social/political/historical discourse? And what roles do all the (in)visible elements within the frame play in the overall communication of meaning? Therefore, by exploring both classic and contemporary debates surrounding cinema, this course creates a theoretical overview of ideas that have been shedding light onto this medium over the past centuries.

Course objectives

Students who successfully complete the course will have a good understanding of:

  • mise-en-scène/discourse analysis methods in cinema;

  • the sociopolitical applications of film studies in contemporary discourses.

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

  • independently and critically reflect on contemporary cinema;

  • choose and apply suitable theories and concepts in film analysis;

  • apply the necessary academic skills for writing an individual research paper on cinema;

  • collaboratively present and orally analyze a film by using multimedia material.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Seminar

Assessment method


  • Group presentation (midterm)

  • Research paper


  • Group presentation: 30%

  • Research paper: 70%

The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average. To pass the course, the weighted average of the partial grades must be 5.5 or higher.


If the final mark is below 5.5, a rewrite can be done for the research paper.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

Literature will be announced on Brightspace prior to the start of the course.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website

Registration À la carte education, Contract teaching and Exchange

Information for those interested in taking this course in context of À la carte education (without taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.

Information for those interested in taking this course in context of Contract teaching (with taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.
For the registration of exchange students contact Humanities International Office.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Arsenaal


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