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Course Overview

Analysing the moving image's relationship to industrialism, leisure time, consumerism, post-Fordism and many other issues, the course will link a diverse group of visual works to important historical and theoretical trends in the work and free time of the twentieth and twenty first centuries. Each week will be organised around an overarching theme (work, strike, automation, the idle rich etc.), pairing important texts in the history and theory of labour with relevant film works and analysis. Students will be marked according to two essays, participation and attendance, presentations and weekly online contributions.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Paul Flaig

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 3
  • Either Film And Visual Culture (FS) or Literature In A World Context (LW)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • FS30MG Labour, Leisure and the Moving Image A (Studied)
  • FS40MG Labour, Leisure and the Moving Image B (Studied)
  • FS45MG Labour, Leisure and the Moving Image B (Passed)
  • FS45MG Labour, Leisure and the Moving Image B (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

In a certain sense, cinema begins at the threshold of work and leisure, with the Lumiere brothers documenting, in their earliest film, their own employees crossing the line from the space of the factory to the space of free time. Beginning with the Lumieres' Workers Exiting the Factory, this course will examine the relationship between moving images, labour and leisure. We will explore the many ways cinema depicts different labour practices (human, automated or otherwise) and places (factories, offices, studios) in documentaries, narrative films and experimental works. Moreover, we will look at cinema?s own relationship to work, both as complex, evolving industry and as a venue for entertainment, promising escape from the time and space of labour while simultaneously putting its spectators to work in ways both explicit and unconscious. Films by Farocki, Chaplin, Eisenstein, La Cava, De Sica, Godard, Akerman, Kopple, Altman, von Trier, Pixar and others.

Further Information & Notes

May NOT be taken as part of a graduating curriculum with FS45MG Labour, Leisure and the Moving Image B.

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 100% Continuous assessment: 1 short essay, 1500-2000 words (30%); 1 research essay 3000-4000 words (40%); 1 Project (20%); Seminar Assessment (10%). Resit: One 2-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Students are expected to complete Blackboard submissions each week, on which feedback is provided. The first essay is completed during the course. Feedback on this work will be provided to the students, thus helping them to prepare for the research essay.


Formal feedback will be provided on both essays in the form of written comments provided through Turn-it-In on MyAberdeen. Students will also be encouraged to discuss their performance on a one-to-one basis with the course co-ordinator. Written feedback will be offered on short written responses. Informal feedback on contributions to seminars will be offered on an on-going basis and students will also receive feedback in the form of a seminar assessment mark and written comments.

Course Learning Outcomes


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