Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Of all forms of communication, film often seems the most obvious, pleasurable and self-explanatory. With an emphasis on variety of film practice, this module aims to introduce students to the essential elements of film narrative and engage them in thinking critically about the choices made by film-makers in constructing the look and sound of their films. We will be asking, therefore, how meaning is created in the cinema, as well as what ideas and arguments such meanings may generate among spectators. In doing so we will explore the richness and complexity of cinema's potential to communicate with its spectators through a carefully selected variety of films. Represented amongst these will not only be examples of the classical and more recent Hollywood model, but also films from other national and artistic traditions. These will be examined in the context of fortnightly lectures and weekly small group classes.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/fil-10001/lists
To familiarise students with essential terminology and concepts used in film analysisTo identify and analysis through diverse examples the five key areas of film aestheticsTo enable students to practice close film analysis through verbal and written exercises
Intended Learning Outcomes
engage in detailed film analysis using appropriate terminology accurately: 1,2identify and describe the defining features of film narrative: 1,2discuss the role of different aspects of film aesthetics in the production of narrative meaning in the cinema: 1,2interact confidently and regularly with the KLE, as well as other electronic and online resources: 1,2write concisely and competently, in both short and extended written forms, about a variety of forms of cinema: 1,2
6 x 1 hour lectures = 6 hours12 x 1 hour small group classes = 12 hours6 x 2 hour screening = 12 hoursClass and presentation preparation: 50 hoursAssessment preparation, writing, supervision and feedback 70 hours
1: Poster Presentation weighted 40%
Description of Module Assessment
PosterStudents prepare a poster on a topic of their choice, from a set of suggested topics provided by the tutor. The poster will combine images and text, up to a maximum of 500 words2: Essay weighted 60%
1000 word essayStudents will answer one question from a list provided. The questions will be based on the key areas explored on the module, with reference to two of the films studied.