FIST 332 (3 cr): Studies in Genre or Period: Irish Cinema & Culture

FIST332 - Irish Cinema and Culture

Course Outline

Four assignments

Student Profile

Yuri Cabrera, Film Production student

Yuri Cabrera

In FIST 332, Yuri was able to gain “insight into the culture of a country through studying its cinema.” By allowing him to “immerse [himself] in the cinema of a different culture,” the course led him to a deeper understanding of the way cultures can be represented by cinema.

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Course Description

FIST 332 is a three-credit Film Studies course that introduces students to the cultural, political and social context of Irish and Irish-related cinema, with a concentration on the last twenty years. The course is divided into two parts: the first half will consider the range of Irish issues mostly pertinent to the Republic of Ireland – the rural/urban divide, the role of the Roman Catholic church, the War of Independence and its legacy, the crisis in the Irish family, the Irish Diaspora and the influence of the United States.

Students will watch films that address these topics. The second half of the course will focus on the history and visual representations of the Northern Ireland “Troubles”, 1968 to present.


Third or fourth year student status.

Course Objectives

FIST 332 has at least five learning objectives. After taking the course, students will:

  1. Gain knowledge of the social and political contexts of Irish cinema
  2. Understand the differences between and among American, British and Irish representations of Ireland and the Irish.
  3. Become aware of the issues relating to the Troubles in Northern Ireland and their visual representations
  4. Learn how to write organized essays on fictional visual representation.
  5. Learn how to participate and express themselves in on-line discussions

Learning Resources

The materials for this course consist of the FIST 332 website (which contains the course contents, film list, website activities, and assignments), an ebook, assigned readings, and videos.

Required Reading Materials

  • FIST 332 Custom Course eBook, published by University Readers (Please check the Textbook Order Form link below for more information.)


  • Short Guide to Writing about Film. 9th edition/2014, PEARSON EDUCATION.
    Please note: The ninth or an earlier edition of the Short Guide is useful to have.

FIST332 Textbook Order Form

Accessing the films

The core films discussed in the course are:

  1. The Quiet Man (John Ford)
  2. Ryan’s Daughter (David Lean)
  3. Michael Collins (Neil Jordan)
  4. The General (John Boorman)
  5. Goldfish Memory (Liz Gill)
  6. Once (John Carney)
  7. My Left Foot (Jim Sheridan)
  8. Odd Man Out (Carol Reed)
  9. The Crying Game (Neil Jordan)
  10. Some Mother’s Son (Terry George)
  11. The Boxer (Jim Sheridan)
  12. Bloody Sunday (Paul Greengrass)
  13. Omagh (Pete Travis)
  14. The Devil’s Own (Alan Pakula)

For students on or near campus, all these films, and many more Irish films, are available to view in the Visual Resources Centre in the Frederic Lasserre Building, Room 206. It is a reference collection with onsite viewing stations. Its hours of operation are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Copies of the films are available through the UBC Library. These films will be placed on reserve in Koerner Library and are viewable in the Library.

Some of the films may be available online through such providers as Netflix.