Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Film Theory

Module P3038

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This lecture/seminar series examines a wide range of theoretical approaches that have shaped (and continue to shape) Film Studies, from classical film theory, through debates about realism and the cinematic apparatus, psychoanalysis, ideology, and representations of difference. As well as providing a grounding in major theoretical debates in film studies, the module prepares students to think and write about film using sophisticated critical models.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of a range of theoretical approaches to film and their associated concepts, and of the way in which those approaches have developed

Be able to apply these concepts and approaches in the study of specific film texts, including texts outside the context in which they were first studied

Evaluate critically the appropriateness of different theoretical approaches to studying particular films

Effectively communicate information, arguments, and analysis in written form, and deploy key concepts and critical methods of the discipline effectively.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayA1 Week 1 70.00%
EssayT1 Week 6 30.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour111101111111
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours111101111111
Autumn SemesterFilm3 hours111101111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Michael Lawrence

Assess convenor

Dr Despoina Mantziari

Assess convenor, Convenor

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