Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) English and Film Studies

Entry for 2017

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course Aims

The Film Studies course aims:

To develop key skills in film analysis and understanding

To introduce students to the concepts of film narrative

To take an interdisciplinary approach to Cinema

To develop an understanding of the visual interfaces between different media

To take a global perspective on cinematic practices, stressing the national and international dimensions of Film and Cinema

To stress the diversity of Film Theories and historiographic traditions

To develop an understanding of the economic, social and institutional aspects of Cinema

In combination with English it aims to:

Examine the inter-relationship between narrative practices in both film and literature

Relate literary texts and visual sources to other media and discourses, both in English and other cultures

Engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of English and other intellectual and visual cultures

Study literatures in English across a range of genres and historical periods, and gain an understanding of visual cultures in different periods and places

Analyse the production, consumption and reception of texts and images within their historical, national and cultural contexts

Course learning outcomes

Demonstrate competence in the close reading, description and analysis of literary texts.

Distinguish generic literary conventions and describe their importance for the shaping of meaning.

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the distinctive characters and histories of texts written in the principal genres of poetry, fiction and drama.

Understand the influence on literature and on literary theory of cultural norms, historical circumstances, discourses of authorship and modes of textual production.

Structure and develop an argument in clear prose and demonstrate command of a broad range of critical vocabulary and critical concepts.

Reflect critically on the relationships between literature and other media including film.

Apprehend the range and diversity of global literature in English.

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of literature in English from different periods, including literature from before 1800.

Use bibliographic and referencing skills appropriate to the discipline and in conformity with professional conventions.

Demonstrate effective oral communication skills through participation in seminars and/or in group presentations or through other media as appropriate.

An understanding of a range of film forms, modes and genres, and the ways in which they organise understandings, meanings and effects

A comparative understanding of the roles that films have played in different societies and cultures

An understanding of the social, cultural and political histories from which different filmic institutions, modes and practices have emerged

An understanding of how social identities, categories and divisions have been represented and constituted in film texts

An awareness of key critical, theoretical and historical approaches to film, including applications and critiques of these paradigms

Engage critically with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within film studies and put them to productive use

Analyse closely, interpret and show the exercise of critical judgement in the understanding of films and their contexts

Carry out various forms of research for essays, projects and dissertations involving sustained independent enquiry

Evaluate and draw upon a range of sources and conceptual frameworks appropriate to research in the chosen area

Show insight into the range of attitudes and values arising from the complexity and diversity of film, culture and society, and show capability to consider and respond to these

Work in flexible, creative and independent ways, showing self-discipline, self-direction and reflexivity

Gather, organise and deploy ideas and information, in order to formulate arguments cogently, and express them effectively in written, oral or other forms

Deliver work to a given length, format, brief and deadline, properly referencing sources and ideas

Put to use a range of ICT skills from basic competence such as word-processing and presentational tools to more complex research tools

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreCritical Approaches 1 (Q3120)154
  CoreFilm Analysis (P3029)154
  CoreIssues in European Cinema B (P3028)154
  CoreReading Genre 1 (Q3122)154
 Spring SemesterCoreCritical Approaches 2 (Q3123)154
  CoreIssues in Global Cinema A (P3030)304
  CoreReading Genre 2 (Q3125)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreFilm Theory (P3038)305
  OptionPeriod of Literature: 1500-1625 (Q3131)305
  Period of Literature: 1625-1750 (Q3133)305
  Period of Literature: 1750-1880 (Q3135)305
  Period of Literature: 1860-1945 (Q3137)305
 Spring SemesterOptionAmerican Drama (T7056)155
  British Cinema A (P3044)305
  British Cinema B (P3044B)155
  Chinese Cinema B (P4086B)155
  Debates in Screen Documentary A (P4107A)305
  Debates in Screen Documentary B (P4107B)155
  Primitivism at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century (Q3188)155
  Pulp Culture (T7060)155
  Romance (Q3272)155
  Sense and Sexuality: Women and Writing in the Eighteenth Century (Q3097)155
  Staging the Renaissance: Shakespeare (Q3059)155
  The Musical B (P4105B)155
  The Nineteenth-Century American Short Story (Q3271)155
  The Novel (Q3060)305
  Transatlantic Rhetoric: Public Speech and Anglo-American Writing 1750-1900 (Q3187)155
  Victorian Things (Q3281)155
  Word & Image (Q3286B)155
  Writing Poetry (Q3204)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionAsian Popular Cinema (P5051)306
  Eastern European Cinemas: myth and memory (P5015)306
  Film and Revolution (A) (P4100A)306
  Hollywood Comedian Comedy (P3052)306
  Hollywood Industry and Imaginary (P4012A)306
  Special Author(s): Jean Rhys, Jamaica Kincaid and the Postcolonial Caribbean (Q3080)306
  Special Author: Mary Wollstonecraft (Q3183)306
  Special Author: Salman Rushdie (Q3046)306
  Special Author: Samuel Beckett (Q3021)306
  Special Author: Virginia Woolf (Q3023)306
  Special Author: Vladimir Nabokov (Q3195)306
  Viewing Women (P3047)306
 Spring SemesterOptionAmerican Teen Cinema: Coming of Age on Screen (P5034)306
  An American in Paris 1860-1960 (T7054D)306
  Animals and Screen Media (P5060)306
  Arts and Community (Q3311)306
  Cinema and Migration (P5059)306
  Documentary America: Non-Fiction Writing (Q3142D)306
  Experimental Writing (Q3199)306
  Film Studies Dissertation (P4123)306
  On Touch: Critical Theories, Medieval and Modern (Q3200)306
  Queer Literatures (Q3186)306
  Race and Ethnicity in Popular Cinema 2 (P3053B)306
  School Placement Project (Q3293)306
  Spectacular Imaginings: Renaissance Drama and the Stage 1580-1640 (Q3202)306
  Technologies of Capture: Photography and Nineteenth Century Literature (Q3192)306
  The Literatures of Africa (Q3079)306
  The Uncanny (Q3051)306
  Utopias and Dystopias (Q3119)306

Course convenors

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Michael Lawrence
Subject area; Film
T: +44 (0)1273 877147

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Samuel Solomon
Senior Lecturer in Creative and Critical Writing
T: +44 (0)1273 877340

About your joint honours course

Sussex has always promoted interdisciplinary study by encouraging students to combine different subjects and different approaches to learning. Joint-honours courses are an ideal option if you want to study more than one subject in depth. A key idea behind joint-honours is to experience the range of ways that different academic disciplines use to teach, learn and research. Those differences are stimulating and challenging, but they can also be confusing, so you will find some useful information below to help you get the most out of your course.

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