FIL-10017 - Film and Culture
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

- Introduce to students the key ideas and debates that have contributed to the development of film theory and analysis in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
- Foster an understanding of a range of historical and theoretical approaches to the academic study of film
- Familiarise students with essential terminology and concepts used in film analysis
- Identify and analyse through diverse examples key areas of film aesthetics
- Enable students to practise close film analysis through seminar discussion and written exercises
- Explain the historical and cultural factors that have shaped different theories of film
- Enable students to recognise and understand a variety of different approaches to film and to be able to compare the potential and limitations of each

Intended Learning Outcomes

Consider the implications of film for exploring issues of identity through seminar discussion and written assessments: 1,2
Identify the significance of wider international contexts to the production and reception of film: 1,2
Engage in detailed film analysis using appropriate terminology accurately: 1,2
Discuss the role of different aspects of film aesthetics in the production of narrative meaning in cinema: 1,2
Carry out independent critical analysis of the value and/or limitations of different approaches to film analysis and film criticism: 1,2
Consider the significance of film as a representation of social and political issues across different historical contexts: 1,2

Study hours

12 1-hour lectures
12 1-hour seminars
20 hours watching films (screenings)
Class preparation: 30 hours
Short paper preparation: 26 hours
Essay preparation: 50 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Paper weighted 30%
A 500-word academic blog post
A 500-word academic blog post relating a film to a cultural issue. Guidance on the KLE and in the form of an assessment document, as well as teaching provided on the module, gives detail on what differentiates this from standard academic writing.

2: Essay weighted 70%
A 1500-word essay
A 1500-word essay chosen from a list of questions.