Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
The module will explore European film and television in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Studying a range of film and television texts, lectures and seminar activities will focus on closely analysing their form and style, examining their production and cultural historical contexts, and exploring some of the wider themes, artistic traditions and movements that have shaped the history of European film and television. The module will introduce students to key approaches in screen studies, focusing on national identity, authorship and genre, and will cover topics including migration, integration, gender, sexuality, race and youth. Students will have the opportunity to study a wide variety of genres and styles that may include heritage films, animation, teen films, art cinema, comedies, Nordic noir and constructed reality TV.
The module introduces students to key themes, traditions and trends in modern European film and television. Studying a range of films and television programs will focus on several key areas: close textual analysis of form and style, critically analysing approaches in screen studies, examining the cultural historical contexts of European film and television production, and exploring the shifting relationships between film, television and society.
Intended Learning Outcomes
carry out close formal analysis of European films and television shows: 1,2describe and evaluate the relationships between cultural products and their contexts: 1,2analyse key movements and factors that have historically shaped European film and television production in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: 1,2identify and compare issues and themes ¿ relating to industry, aesthetics and socio-cultural contexts ¿ across film and TV texts: 1,2apply and evaluate theoretical approaches to the study of film and television ¿ drawing together close textual analysis, knowledge of historical contexts and critical analysis skills: 2
12 x 1 hour lectures = 12 hours12 x 1 hour seminars = 12 hoursFilm viewing (screenings) = 20 hoursClass preparation = 30 hoursShort paper preparation = 26 hoursEssay preparation = 50 hours
1: Short Paper weighted 20%
Description of Module Assessment
Sequence analysisWritten analysis of a short sequence from a film screened on the module, focusing on mise-en-scene. 500 words
2: Essay weighted 80%
EssayStudents will write an essay chosen from a list of approximately three questions, which will focus on theoretical approaches covered on the module. 1500 words.