Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

British Cinema A

Module P3044

Module details for 2017/18.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module provides a historical survey of British cinema as well as an introduction to critical and theoretical debates associated with national cinema. Specifically, we cover the relationship between British cinema and British culture, history and identity.
You examine how British cinema has represented other dimensions of identity such as class, ethnicity and sexuality. You consider a range of films in order to explore how British cinema:

• responded to the Second World War and the decline of the British Empire
• has reflected transformations of society associated with multiculturalism
• functions in a transnational or even post-national era
• and how specific genres such as the crime film and the period drama have functioned in the national and international marketplace.

Films previously studied on this module include Submarine, Brief Encounter, Fires Were Started, Black Narcissus, Performance, A Room With A View, Bend It Like Beckham and Red Road.

British Cinema A is taught through a combination of lecture, film screening, seminar, and written assessments.

Module learning outcomes

Awareness of the problems involved in constituting a 'history' of a British national cinema

Critical understanding of British cinema's production of representations of Britishness/Englishness, its constitution of 'otherness', and its representations of gender, 'race', class and community

Understanding of the changing political and cultural context in which such representations have been produced

Ability to critically analyse specific film texts in the light of these understandings

TypeTimingWeighting
Coursework100.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT2 Week 4 30.00%
EssayA2 Week 2 70.00%
Timing

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

Weighting

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

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterSeminar2 hours111111111111
Spring SemesterLecture1 hour111111111111
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 Michael Lawrence

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/128070

Dr Lawrence Webb

Assess convenor, Convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/350192

Dr Despoina Mantziari

Assess convenor
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/242344

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