COMM 188A – Coming of Age in World Cultures: A Cinematic Approach
Across contemporary world cultures, the common pattern of coming of age stories explores first love, sexual awakening, conflict with family, and changing status in wider society. It’s a pattern that we all experience as we transition from adolescence into adulthood and during that journey discover our true selves.
In this course, we use international film as our medium for examining ‘coming of age’ stories through a global and comparative lens. We focus on how cultures throughout the world and throughout history created rituals, ‘rites of passage’, to ease the transition period for the individual as well as the family and society in which they belong. Each week, we will watch and discuss a different ‘coming of age’ film drawn from Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and East Asia.
The course covers the following themes:
- The Meaning and Purpose of Culture: Definitions and Interpretations
- Human Life as a Process in Time: Social and Biological Transitions