FS20180 Global Bollywood

Academic Year 2021/2022

The term “Bollywood” (a blend of Bombay and Hollywood) is often used to describe Hindi
films produced out of the Indian film industry based in Mumbai (formerly Bombay).
Bollywood today is more than just cinema: it has become a global culture industry that
encompasses a gamut of commodities, like music, dance, and fashion, becoming
synonymous with “Indian culture.” However, the Bollywoodization of Indian
cinema/culture has been strongly criticized by several scholars, industry professionals, fans
and commentators. They have argued that the term perpetuates the long history of
colonization and subordination of “others” by the West, and in this case, Hollywood. Yet, it
cannot be denied that “Bollywood” does signify cultural pride. How did Hindi-Urdu cinema
become Bollywood? Focusing on this key question, this course will examine Hindi cinema’s
pre and post-globalization representations of the nation, family, diaspora, religion, gender,
romantic relationships and cultural traditions to help us understand a complex and
contentious term like “Bollywood.” By locating the Bombay film industry within its
contemporary global political economy we will examine the local, national, and transnational
appeals of a mammoth cinema-culture.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

• Demonstrate knowledge of a contemporary world issue and geo-political region
• Gain an understanding of key themes in South Asian history, culture, and society.
• Analyze the impact of global processes on film industries and media capitals, including the relationship between politics, society, geography, history and economy.
• Critically analyze films and media with a focus on improving essay writing skills.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group






Specified Learning Activities




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This class will include lectures, screenings, class presentations, and small group work. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Class presentations Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Continuous Assessment: 30% (2 x 750-word prompt responses)

Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Assignment: Final Essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Harriet Idle Tutor