Lights! Camera! Theory!: Theoretical Approaches to Film 2023-24
School Of Arts, Culture And Language
Module - Semester 1
Topics that will be covered in this module may include: auteur theory, star theory, genre theory, feminism, ideology, postmodernism, race, sexuality, history and realism. Specific films and filmmakers are subject to change.
-threshold -D- to D+Submitted work is adequate and shows an acceptable level of competence as follows: 1. Generally accurate but with omissions and errors. 2. Assertions are made without clear supporting evidence or reasoning. 3. Has structure but is lacking in clarity and therefore relies on the reader to make links and assumptions. 4. Draws on a relatively narrow range of material.
-good -C- to B+Submitted work is competent throughout and may be distinguished by superior style, approach and choice of supporting materials. It: 1. Demonstrates good or very good structure and logically developed arguments. 2. Draws at least in parts on material that has been sourced and assessed as a result of independent study, or in a way unique to the student. 3. Assertions are backed by evidence and sound reasoning. 4. Accuracy and presentation in an appropriate academic style.
-excellent -A- to A*Submitted work is of an outstanding quality and excellent in one or more of the following ways: 1. Has originality of exposition with the student’s own thinking being readily apparent. 2. Provides clear evidence of extensive and relevant independent study. 3. Arguments are laid down with clarity and provide the reader with successive stages of consideration to reach conclusions.
- Students will be able to explore the interplay between film form and meaning.
- Students will be able to provide a close textual analysis of a film text using the theories presented on the module
- The student will be able to distinguish the pathway and history of film studies as a discipline that is distinct from any other.
- The student will be able to evaluate how conceptual arguments can be used to shape a reading of a film text.
- The student will be able to evaluate the major theoretical approaches to film studies.
A 1500-word detailed clip analysis examining a film from one theoretical viewpoint. With reference to a film clip lasting no more than ten minutes, you will be expected to carryout an analysis answering a pre-set question.
Whole film analysis A 2000-word detailed discussion of a screened film from one theoretical viewpoint. Students should analyse ONE module film in relation to ONE pre-set question.
Seminar: Students will write a short journal entry each week summarising what they learned in the seminar.