Module Title:   Key Concepts in Film Studies

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   EM-0138D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 4

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Film & Media

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Media, Design and Technology

Principal Co-ordinator:   Karen Scott

Additional Tutor(s):   Mark Goodall, Karl Abson

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To introduce the ways in which a variety of films and film-related materials can be interpreted. This includes using a variety of theories and approaches to understand the ways in which films can be `read` as texts; to contextualise how films can be accepted as an art form; to understand how films can be critically analysed.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Lectures, independent viewing, directed reading facilitated via Blackboard and tutor-led group discussions are included in the teaching strategy. Learning outcomes are assessed via a presentation and essay, dependant on the level of study of the student; Level 4 students undertake an individual presentation, whereas Level 5 take a group presentation . Supplementary assessment is a 4000 word essay.

Lectures:   12.00          Directed Study:   176.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   12.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

identify film as an academic subject and demonstrate knowledge of the ways in which the development of cinema has impacted on social, cultural and political issues; demonstrate a developed understanding of the ways in which filmic practices can reflect, create and generate `meanings`.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

evaluate, contextualise and interpret filmic images.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

demonstrate critical reading skills and the ability to summarize information; demonstrate a further developed ability to take part in group discussions and effectively demonstrate communication skills via writing; demonstrate a further developed ability to research a given topic making appropriate uses of information sources.

  Presentation 0.33 50%
  Seminar presentation (20 Minutes)
  Coursework   50%
  2000 word essay
  Coursework   100%
  Supplementary assessment: 4000 word essay

Outline Syllabus:
Global film practices will be explored from historical, political and cultural perspective in order to develop an understanding of the ways in which such texts can generate `meanings`. Introduction to key theoretical approaches to film. Historical perspectives on film art.

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