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FS45ZA: LANDSCAPES OF FILM A (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07


Course Overview

This course will invite students to explore the ways films engage with and represent a variety of landscapes, and how, in turn, landscape can influence both the production and the creation of meaning in mainstream, underground and art films of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Students will study films from around the world alongside theoretical and critical writing on film, landscape, space and place.

Filmmakers to be studied may include, among others: Andrea Arnold, Jane Campion, Joel and Ethan Coen, John Curran, Tacita Dean, Werner Herzog, Im Kwon-taek, Abbas Kiarostami, Ang Lee, Terrence Malick, Philip Noyce, Lynne Ramsay, Andrei Tarkovsky, Agnes Varda and Andrey Zvyagintsev.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Mr Alan Macpherson

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

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Film And Visual Culture (FS) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course will invite students to explore the ways films engage with and represent a variety of landscapes, and how, in turn, landscape can influence both the production and the creation of meaning in mainstream, underground and art films of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Studying films from around the world we will look at ways in which various landscapes may have been appropriated cinematically for their emotive qualities: to connote feelings of desolation, oppression or plenitude; loneliness, fear or joy. We will also look at landscapes as sites of specific cultural history. But as the course progresses, drawing on contemporary research in cultural and human geographies, and elsewhere, we will explore the ways that studying film can assist in our ability to conceive landscape not only as a static or symbolic entity, but as a highly mobile, interactive site in which history, experience and materiality converge in the ongoing production of space and meaning. In this way, we will consider how film articulates John Wylie’s provocative claim that ‘landscape is tension’.

This interdisciplinary course will draw on writings from film and cultural theorists, philosophers, artists and social scientists. Filmmakers to be studied may include, among others: Andrea Arnold, Jane Campion, Joel and Ethan Coen, John Curran, Tacita Dean, Werner Herzog, Grant Gee, Im Kwon-taek, Abbas Kiarostami, Ang Lee, Philip Noyce, Lynne Ramsay, Walter Salles, Andrei Tarkovsky, Agnes Varda and Andrey Zvyagintsev.


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 3500-word essay (50%), oral/visual presentation (30%), seminar assessment including weekly written submissions (20%).

Resit: not normally available

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Feedback

Written feedback will be provided online on the MyAberdeen site.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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