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Unit description

Addresses film as a major communication medium in terms of its form, history and its social, cultural, economic and political contexts. By examining the production and reception of film texts in their cultural contexts students are given an understanding of the place of film in everyday life - its passion, politics and pleasures. Films are not just made in Hollywood and so different styles, traditions and aesthetic concerns from around the globe shall be considered.

Unit content

Section 1  Film Narrative And Form

Topic 1: Cinema, culture, context
Topic 2: Celluloid storytelling
Topic 3: The truth is out there: Documenting culture

Section 2  Elements of Film

Topic 4: Writing in light: Cinematography
Topic 5: Manipulating time and space: Editing
Topic 6: Sounding out the image

Section 3  Approaching Film Texts

Topic 7: Vision, style and politics: Auteur theory
Topic 8: Familiar pleasures: Genre and film
Topic 9: Projecting desires: Stars and fan-tales
Topic 10: Beyond the frame: De-fragmenting cultural identity

Section 4  National Cinemas/ Transnational Audiences

Topic 11: Chinese cinema: Allegories of gender and nation
Topic 12: Indian visions: The Other Hollywood

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1analyse and discuss a variety of films from across the globe in their historical, cultural and cross-cultural contextsKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
2engage with, apply and acknowledge the value of theory and criticism in film studiesKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
3identify the basic elements and principles of film form and narrative structuresKnowledge of a discipline
4interrogate categories of difference (ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, class etc.) as they are represented in film textsKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
5demonstrate an understanding of the significance of cinema as a form of cultural expression, and a deeper analysis of the production and interpretation of film textsKnowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
6exchange ideas, experiences and opinions about films with each otherKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
7research and study independently.Knowledge of a disciplineCultural competence

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. analyse and discuss a variety of films from across the globe in their historical, cultural and cross-cultural contexts
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. engage with, apply and acknowledge the value of theory and criticism in film studies
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. identify the basic elements and principles of film form and narrative structures
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. interrogate categories of difference (ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, class etc.) as they are represented in film texts
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the significance of cinema as a form of cultural expression, and a deeper analysis of the production and interpretation of film texts
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  6. exchange ideas, experiences and opinions about films with each other
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  7. research and study independently.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Teaching and assessment

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