Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

Film Theory

Module P3038

Module details for 2017/18.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

Film Theory introduces you to a variety of theoretical approaches that have shaped and continue to shape Film Studies as a discipline: the module focuses on film as a technology, an industry and an experience. We will explore and examine the ways theorists have sought to understand film’s fundamental characteristics as a medium and its unique manipulation of our pleasures and desires. We will evaluate theoretical approaches by applying them to a range of classical and contemporary commercial cinema, from Blonde Venus to The Neon Demon, as well as avant-garde and experimental films by Barbara Hammer and Andy Warhol. Topics include:

• The nature of the film image in the digital era
• The relationship between classical narration and ideology
• Spectatorship, gender and sexuality
• Representing difference
• Experimental practice and oppositional politics

Film Theory is taught through weekly lectures, screenings and seminars. Students are assessed via essays in which module films are used to interrogate the theoretical approaches we have explored.

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

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.

Mr Edward Anderson

Assess convenor

Dr Michael Lawrence

Convenor, Assess convenor

Dr Despoina Mantziari

Assess convenor

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