This course aims to familiarize students with the terminology and key concepts of Film Studies as an academic discipline. Through a survey of various styles and narrative traditions, students are introduced to the main critical approaches used to understand cinema, including genre studies and auteur theory. The course also focuses on the interpretation of films as the expression of a national ethos, and as a representation of gender and class, as well as racial, ethic and cultural identities. While there is a historical dimension to the course, it does not follow a strictly historical chronology in the presentation of films and issues. The course includes lectures, discussion and film screenings.