Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) History 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 aims of the History course are:
1. Develop knowledge and understanding of the human past.
2. Foster awareness and understanding of historical processes which have a direct or indirect bearing on the present.
3. Encourage respect for historical context and evidence.
4. Reflect critically on differing interpretations of the medium and distant past.
5. To impart particular skills and qualities of mind relevant to the discipline of history.
6. To satisfy key criteria of historical knowledge and method, including an awareness of span and change over time across geographical range.
7. Engage with primary as well as secondary sources.
8. Reflect on the theoretical underpinnings of the historical discipline.
9. Foster an appreciation of the diversity of historical specialisms (including social, economic, cultural, political, intellectual, gender, oral, and environmental history).
10. Satisfy progression requirements by conducting i) survey history, ii) particular historical topics or short periods, iii) comparative and thematic history, iv) historiography, v) documentary-based special subjects.

The aims of the Film Studies course are:
1. A distinctive intellectual framework in which students can analyse film and its historical, cultural and social contexts.
2. A broad and informed awareness of key critical approaches to film, conceptual debates, and a range of relevant theories and historiographic traditions.
3. A global perspective on cinematic practices, including their national and international dimensions and connections.
4. An understanding of how film relates to wider economic, cultural and social contexts and issues.ssues.

Course learning outcomes

Have developed the historian's skills and qualities of mind.

Have developed an awareness of continuity and change over an extended time span (Time Depth).

Have understood historical process over an extended period.

Have a broad and comparative understanding of the history of more than one society, culture or state (Geographical Range).

Have undertaken close work on primary source material and carry out intensive critical work on such source material (Contemporary Sources).

Reflect critically on the nature of the discipline, its social rationale, its theoretical underpinnings and its intellectual standing (Critical Awareness).

Critically engage with a variety of approaches to history and critically engage with the concepts and methodologies of other disciplines where appropriate (Diversity of Spacialisms).

Formulate, execute, and complete an extended piece of writing under appropriate supervision (Extended Writing).

Have acquired a range of core and personal attributes, cognitive, research, practical, and transferable skills (HAHP Core Transferable Skills).

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

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 SemesterCoreFilm Analysis (P3029)154
  CoreIssues in European Cinema B (P3028)154
  CoreThe Early Modern World (V1227)304
 Spring SemesterCoreIssues in Global Cinema A (P3030)304
  CoreThe Making of the Modern World (V1228)304
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreFilm Theory (P3038)305
  CoreIdeas of History (V1375)155
  OptionHistory Short Period: America in the 20th Century (V1408)155
  History Short Period: Britain in the 20th Century (V1321)155
  History Short Period: England in the 16th Century (V1454)155
  History Short Period: Europe in the 20th Century (V1319)155
  History Short Period: The Middle East and North Africa since 1908 (V4122)155
 Spring SemesterCoreGlobal History 1500-2000: Trade, Science, Environment and Empire (V1376)155
  OptionBritish 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
  The Musical B (P4105B)155
  Time and Place 1851: Science, Empire and Exhibitionism (V1373)155
  Time and Place 2008: The Spectacle of the Beijing Olympics (V1429)155
  Time and Place: 1796: Lithography and the Mass Produced Image (V1448)155
  Time and Place: 1831: Slave Revolts (V1377)155
  Time and Place: 1861: The Coming of the American Civil War (V1425)155
  Time and Place: 1938: Kristallnacht (V1330)155
  Time and Place: 1948: The Founding of Israel (V1449)155
  Time and Place: 1953: Monarchs and Murders (V1446)155
  Time and Place: 1968: Rivers of Blood (V1404)155
  Time and Place: 1981: The Iran Hostage Crisis (V1464)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 Subject: Britain and the Second World War Part 1 (V1346A)156
  Special Subject: Demagogues and Dictators in the History of Political Thought Part 1 (V1434A)156
  Special Subject: Domesticity and its Discontents: Women in Post-War Britain Part 1 (V1348A)156
  Special Subject: End of Empire: Nationalism, Decolonisation and the British Raj in India 1937-1950 Part 1 (V1353A)156
  Special Subject: Global Darwinisms Part 1 (V1471A)156
  Special Subject: Gone with the Wind? The Civil War in American Memory Part 1 (V1400A)156
  Special Subject: Modernism Part 1 (V1352A)156
  Special Subject: Palestine in Transition, 1900-1948: Everyday Life in Times of Change Part 1 (V1424A)156
  Special Subject: Post-Rave Britain, 1988 - present Part 1 (V1460A)156
  Special Subject: The Civil Rights Movement Part 1 (V1378A)156
  Special Subject: Witches and Witch-Hunts Part 1 (V1473A)156
  Viewing Women (P3047)306
 Spring SemesterOptionAmerican Teen Cinema: Coming of Age on Screen (P5034)306
  Animals and Screen Media (P5060)306
  Cinema and Migration (P5059)306
  Film Studies Dissertation (P4123)306
  Race and Ethnicity in Popular Cinema 2 (P3053B)306
  Special Subject: Britain and the Second World War Part 2 (V1346B)156
  Special Subject: Demagogues and Dictators in the History of Political Thought Part 2 (V1434B)156
  Special Subject: Domesticity and its Discontents: Women in Post-War Britain Part 2 (V1348B)156
  Special Subject: End of Empire: Nationalism, Decolonisation and the British Raj in India 1937-1950 Part 2 (V1353B)156
  Special Subject: Global Darwinisms Part 2 (V1471B)156
  Special Subject: Gone with the Wind? The Civil War in American Memory Part 2 (V1400B)156
  Special Subject: Modernism Part 2 (V1352B)156
  Special Subject: Palestine in Transition, 1900-1948: Everyday Life in Times of Change Part 2 (V1424B)156
  Special Subject: Post-Rave Britain, 1988 - present Part 2 (V1460B)156
  Special Subject: The Civil Rights Movement Part 2 (V1378B)156
  Special Subject: Witches and Witch-Hunts Part 2 (V1473B)156

Course convenors

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Martin Evans
Professor Of Modern European History
T: +44 (0)1273 877011

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

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