Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Eastern European Cinemas: myth and memory

Module P5015

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module gives students the chance to engage with key critical debates, films and histor-ical contexts from the cinemas of Eastern Europe, in both communist and post-communist eras. Topics of inquiry will consider interfaces between aesthetics, politics and society, and may include such topics as: socialist realism, critical realism and antirealism; popular genres and 'new waves'; history, memory and narratives of war and nation; representations of gen-der, the individual, and the collective; the work of auteurs (eg.Tarkovsky, Wajda, Wolf); state propaganda and censorship; filmmaking after the collapse of communism; methodo-logical implications of a retrospective and Western perspective. In addition to exploring such issues, students will deepen their skills in independent research and higher level contextual and textual analysis.

Module learning outcomes

Deploy critical and systematic analysis of film texts from Eastern Europe in re-lation to specific social and political contexts.

Demonstrate appropriate understanding of critical debates on the cultural and political significance of films from Eastern European cinemas.

Demonstrate appropriate understanding of methodological issues raised in ap-proaching Eastern European cinemas from a retrospective and Western European perspective.

Apply the critical approaches encountered on the model to an extended study.

Demonstrate appropriate capacity for individual research and skills in written communication.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
ReportT2 Week 7 15.00%
EssayA2 Week 1 70.00%
Professional LogT2 Week 7 15.00%

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
Spring SemesterSeminar2 hours111111111111
Spring SemesterFilm3 hours111111111111

How to read the week pattern

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

Dr Thomas Austin

Assess convenor, Convenor

Dr Matilda Mroz

Assess convenor

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