Stanley Kubrick: Producer & Director 2023-24
School Of Arts, Culture And Language
Module - Semester 1
This module explores the life, film and working practices of legendary producer and director Stanley Kubrick.
Topics that will be covered in this module include all of Kubrick’s photography, short documentaries, and films from Fear and Desire through to Eyes Wide Shut, as well as how these intersect with events such as World War One, the Holocaust, the Cold War and the Vietnam War and such issues as science, technology, history, race, violence, gender, ethnicity, sexuality and war.
-threshold -Submitted work is adequate and shows an acceptable level of competence as follows: Generally accurate but with omissions and errors. Assertions are made without clear supporting evidence or reasoning. Has structure but is lacking in clarity and therefore relies on the reader to make links and assumptions. Draws on a relatively narrow range of material.
-good -Good (50%+)Submitted work is competent throughout and occasionally distinguished by superior style, approach and choice of supporting materials. It demonstrates: Good structure and logically developed arguments. At least in parts draws on material that has been sourced and assessed as a result of independent study, or in a way unique to the student. Assertions are, in the main, backed by evidence and sound reasoning. Accuracy and presentation in an appropriate academic style.Very Good (60%+) Submitted work is competent throughout and distinguished by superior style, approach and choice of supporting materials. It demonstrates: Very good structure and logically developed arguments. Draws on material that has been sourced and assessed as a result of independent study, or in a way unique to the student. Assertions are backed by evidence and sound reasoning. Accuracy and presentation in an appropriate academic style.
-excellent -Submitted work is of an outstanding quality and excellent in one or more of the following ways: Has originality of exposition with the student's own thinking being readily apparent. Provides clear evidence of extensive and relevant independent study.* Arguments are laid down with clarity and provide the reader with successive stages of consideration to reach conclusions.
- Analyze the cinematic techniques and themes of Stanley Kubrick's films
- Apply critical theories and frameworks to interpret Kubrick's artistic vision and style
- Demonstrate creative and original thinking in producing a research project on Kubrick
- Evaluate the cultural and historical contexts of Kubrick's works and their reception.
Weekly Blog. Detail sufficient to convey (e.g. 150 words per element) the four elements of each week: lecture, screening, seminar and reading.
For the duration of the seminar, you will be in charge. You will work in a group discussing that week's film with the rest of the class. You will be marked as a group on such elements as sharing participation, use of audio-visual resources, eye contact and research. o What is the final assignment?
A written essay (2000 words) or audio-visual equivalent (e.g. short film or podcast) discussing a theme that runs throughout Kubrick's work from his photography through to Eyes Wide Shut.