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 popular British cinema from the 1990s to the present day, this level 1 module aims to introduce students to the dominant thematic and aesthetic issues/representations addressed in a selected number of contemporary British films. Films likely to appear on this module include many of the recent hits and new British 'classics', including Four Weddings and a Funeral, This is England, Trainspotting, Billy Elliot, Bridget Jones, Bend it Like Beckham, and Pride. One of the main emphases of the module will be to examine the fact that, while being hugely entertaining and popular, these films also address very serious issues, such as identity, race, social class, nationality and gender.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/fil-10003/lists
To familiarise students with dominant themes represented in contemporary British cinema.To identify and analyse through diverse examples the significance of film aesthetics and how these aesthetic choices shape preferred cinematic meanings. To enable students to practice close film analysis through formal written exercises and reflective diaries.
Intended Learning Outcomes
engage in detailed film analysis of contemporary British popular cinema using appropriate terminology accurately. will be achieved by assessments: 2,3write concisely and competently, in both short and extended written forms, about a variety popular British cinematic texts. will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3identify and describe the defining features of film narrative. will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3discuss the role of different aspects of film aesthetics (mise-en-scene) in the production of narrative meaning in the texts studied. will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3analyse the texts studied in line with scholarly themes such as identity, nationality, gender, race and class. will be achieved by assessments: 2,3
11 x 2 hour seminars = 22 hoursClass preparation: 44 hoursEssay plan and essay writing and preparation: 64 hoursReflective diary writing: 20 hours
1: Essay-Plan weighted 10%
Description of Module Assessment
Essay plan500 word essay plan - defining key terms, introducing main arguments and demonstrating independent theoretical research2: Essay weighted 60%
Essay of 1750-2000 words from a list provided by the tutorEssay of 1750-2000 words from a list provided by the tutor3: Reflective Diary weighted 30%
Reflective diaryReflective diary (approx 1000 words) in which a minimum of three of the films studied on the module are introduced, discussed and reflected upon in line with the themes of the module - identity, nationality, gender, race and class