Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Using Film to Internationalize the Post-secondary Undergraduate Curriculum

Terry Brown.

It is perhaps a truism today to say that given the increasing globalization of society, students from their earliest years in school through college must be taught to understand and appreciate world cultures. There are, of course, many pedagogical strategies for teaching students about the rest of the world—from specific course requirements to study abroad opportunities. This paper will argue that one effective method for globalizing the post-secondary undergraduate curriculum is through the use of international film, and it will present various successful pedagogical strategies for using international film in the undergraduate classroom. It will draw on recent feature films from various regions of the world, including Africa, Asia, Latin America and the U.K., to demonstrate methods for successfully integrating film into a variety of disciplines such as history, economics, sociology, and women’s studies. The paper will finally discuss co-curricular strategies for globalizing the curriculum through the use of online tools for teaching and studying international film. The presenter will provide resources for teachers and administrators who are interested in integrating international films into their curricula.


Terry Brown  (United States)
Associate Dean
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Terry Brown is Professor of English and Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. In addition to teaching courses on literature, she teaches courses on women and film and world cinema. She has published articles on various aspects of film and was featured in a documentary on the American actress Jodie Foster. She has received two grants from the University of Wisconsin System Institute for Global Studies in order to help facilitate the integration of international film into the undergraduate curriculum.

  • Pedagogy
  • International
  • Film
  • Cinema
  • Media
  • Globalization
  • Online learning

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)