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FS2003: CINEMA AND MODERNITY (2017-2018)

Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:44


Course Overview

The first half of a film history sequence at the second year level, Cinema & Modernity focuses on crucial moments, concepts and cinematic works from the period 1895 to 1945. Students will be marked according to a mid-term essay, a final exam, short assignments on Blackboard, and attendance in lectures and tutorials.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Alan Marcus

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • FS2002 Cinema and the Invention of Modern Life (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This survey course introduces students to a selected constellation of significant visual and textual sites from the first fifty years of film practice, including the 'attractions' of early cinema, the rise of Hollywood and the studio star, the kino-eye of city cinema, and the cinematic aftermath of WWII. Each week, we will explore a different historical moment and a set of key film-theoretical concepts, looking at how film intersects with modernity. Students will acquire not only a knowledge of these specific historical sites, but also a facility with critical and comparative thinking. Students will learn to move between film practice, film history, and film theory to analyze the ways in which the moving image makes meaning.

Further Information & Notes

This is a compulsory course for entry into the Honours Film and Visual Culture programme.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Film Studies Joint
  • MA Film & Visual Culture

Contact Teaching Time

33 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: 3-day take-away exam (50%). In-course assessment: one 2,000 word essay (40%) and tutorial assessment (10%).

Resit: 3-day take-away exam (100%).

Formative Assessment

Short writing assignments (including responses papers, shot-by-shot analyses, and screening reports) will be submitted and discussed in tutorial groups.

Feedback

Written and/or oral feedback will be offered on short tutorial assignments (see above) and essays.

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