- LXG-2008: The German Film (20) (Semester 2)
This module will examine a selection of nine German films reflecting key themes in German cinema, from its beginnings to the present day. Students will be provided with an introduction to the history of German cinema, and will develop a detailed knowledge of the films examined both as historical documents and as cinematic texts. Whilst certain attention will be paid to cinematographic devices and the different movements associated with German cinema, the module will also explore the chosen films in a far wider context, examining the social and historical events surrounding the creation of the films, thus broadening students' knowledge of German history and culture.
Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari, dir. by Robert Wiene (1919)
M: Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder, dir. by Fritz Lang (1931)
Triumph des Willens, dir. by Leni Riefenstahl (1935)
Angst essen Seele auf, dir. by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1973)
Der Himmel über Berlin, dir. by Wim Wenders (1987)
Lola rennt, dir. by Tom Tykwer (1998)
Good Bye Lenin!, dir. by Wolfgang Becker (2003)
Das Leben der Anderen, dir. by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (2006)
Bergfelder, Tim, et al., The German Cinema Book (London: BFI, 2002)
Cooke, Paul, German Expressionist Films (Harpenden: Pocket Essentials, 2002)
Elsaesser, T., New German Cinema: A History (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1989)
Ginsberg, T. and K.M. Thompson (eds), Perspectives on German Cinema (New York: G.K. Hall, 1996)
Hake, Sabine, German National Cinema (London: Routledge, 2002)
Brockmann, Stephen, A Critical History of German Film (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2010).
- QXE-2024: Alfred Hitchcock (20) (Semester 2)
Alfred Hitchcock is perhaps the most notable example of a director whose films were popular both with audiences and with critics seeking to establish the credibility of film as an art form. His work provides a case-study of theories of authorship; of different national cinemas and studio systems, and of a particular genre, the thriller. In addition, the
popularity and accessibility of Hitchcock’s films also raise questions concerning narrative, spectatorial pleasure, the gaze, and gender, and consequently provide an opportunity to explore the interrelation and limits of film theory and film practice
- UXS-2025: Stanley Kubrick: Auteur (20) (Semester 1)
Topics that will be covered in this module include all of Kubrick’s films, 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.
- LXS-2033: The Cinema of Spain (20) (Semester 2)
Spanish cinema and its pioneers
Neorealism and political dissent in the 1950s (Luís Buñuel, Viridiana)
Art house cinema in the 1960s (Víctor Erice, El espirítu de la colmena)
The cinema of the transition: the `disenchantment¿
Popular genres in post-Franco Spain
The Spanish film industry in the 1980s and 1990s
Gender and sexuality is post-Franco cinema (Pedro Almodóvar, Hable con ella)
Catalan and Basque cinema (Julio Medem, Tierra)
The internationalization of Spanish cinema (Alejandro Amenábar, Mar adentro)
Social realism at the turn of the century (Fernando León, Los lunes al sol)
Women in contemporary Spanish cinema (Icíar Bollaín, Te doy mis ojos)
The films are available in the School of Modern Languages DVD library.
Luis Buñuel, Viridiana (1961)
Víctor Erice, El espíritu de la colmena (1973)
Pedro Almodóvar, Volver (2006)
Agustí Villaronga, Pa negre (2010)
Icíar Bollaín, Te doy mis ojos (2003)
Bentley Bernard P. E., A Companion to Spanish Cinema (London: Tamesis, 2008)
Caparrós Lera, José María, El cine español de la democracia: de la muerte de Franco al "cambio" socialista (1975-1989) (Barcelona: Anthropos, 1992)
Deveny, Thomas, Cain on Screen: Contemporary Spanish Cinema (Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 1999)
D'Lugo, Marvin, Guide to the Cinema of Spain (Westport: Greenwood Press, 1997)
Fiddian, Robin W. and Peter W. Evans, Challenges to Authority: Fiction and Film in Contemporary Spain (London: Tamesis Books, 1988)
Jordan, Barry and Rikki Morgan-Tamosunas, Contemporary Spanish Cinema (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1998)
Pavlovi, Tatjana, 100 years of Spanish Cinema (Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)
Triana-Toribio, Nuria, Spanish National Cinema (London: Routledge, 2003)
Resina Joan Ramon (ed.), Burning Darkness: a Half Century of Spanish Cinema, ed. (Albany: SUNY Press, 2008)
- UXS-2050: Race & Gender (20) (Semester 2)
Topics to be looked at will include, Senegalese Cinema, representing prostitution, women in photography, race and gender in performance art, representing women on film, women and genre, Women and horror, women and action, Australian Visual Culture, Aboriginal female film makers, remembering the slave trade, post-colonialism, neo-colonialism and representation, how we define ‘white’.
- UXS-2059: Understanding Documentary (20) (Semester 1)
This course will look at the development of documentary film, attempting to place important developments within a theoretical context. The course will begin by looking at the way in which the early pioneers of documentary film emerged in the 1920s, and seek to understand the contributions of John Grierson, Robert Flaherty and Dziga Vertov, and the relationship between their work. This will be followed by an examination of the emergence of Direct Cinema and Cinema Verité during the 1960s, and the challenges faced by those attempting to work within observational documentary. The rejection of the purely observational mode of documentary, and the rise of the participatory film-maker will follow, leading on to an examination of reflexive documentaries, the role of dramatisation within documentary film, drama-documentary and docudrama. The final part of the course will look at the influence of new technology upon documentary film, analysing the influence of both computer generated imagery and animation upon documentary film. Specific attention will be paid to the work of film-makers such as Albert and David Maysles, DA Pennebaker, Nick Broomfield, Molly Dineen, Errol Morris, and Kevin MacDonald among others. neu
UXC-2046: Y Ffilm ddogfen:Theori (20) (Semester 1)
Bydd y cwrs hwn yn edrych ar ddatblygiad ffilmiau dogfen gan geisio gosod datblygiadau pwysig mewn cyd-destun damcaniaethol. Caiff hanes y ffilm ddogfen ei drafod yng nghyd-destun y cwestiynnau syniadaethol a ddilynodd o esblygiad gwahanol fathau o ffilmiau dogfen. Bydd myfyrwyr ar y cwrs yn edrych ar amrediad o ffilmiau, o'r 1920au hyd heddiw, ond bydd mwyafrif y ffilmiau a fydd yn cael eu harchwilio yn rhai cyfoes. Bydd gofyn i'r myfyrwyr ddadansoddi'r ffilmiau, gan gyfeirio at theori dogfen wedi ei ysgrifennu gan amrywiaeth o awduron, gan gynnwys: John Grierson, Dziga Vertov, Paul Rotha, Bill Nichols, Stella Bruzzi, John Corner, a Paul Wells, ymhlith eraill.
- UXS-2062: Film Distribution & Marketing (20) (Semester 1)
- LXF-2104: French Cinema 1895-1950 (20) (Semester 1)
The French hold cinema in greater esteem than perhaps any other nation, both as an art form and as popular entertainment; since its inception, the septième Art has produced a wealth of talent and many films of world standing. In this course we will look - on the big screen - at prominent examples of French cinema from its first decades, from the earliest work of the Lumière brothers in the 1890s to the mid-20th Century. The course looks at the general development of French cinema in the period, concentrating on: (i) a major classic from the silent era; (ii) a film from the Poetic Realism movement of the 1930s; (iii) an artistic, non-realist film from the end of the period covered.
Main films studied
Luis Buñuel’s Un Chien andalou
Jean Vigo’s Vigo’s Zéro de conduite
Jean Renoir’s Boudu sauvé des eaux
Jean Renoir’s La Grande Illusion
Marcel Carné’s Hôtel du Nord
Marcel Carné’s Le Jour se lève
Main secondary texts
Andrew, James Dudley. Mists of regret: culture and sensibility in classic French film (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995).
Armes, Roy. French Cinema (London: Secker and Warburg, 1985).
Hayward, Susan. French National Cinema, (London and New York: Routledge, 2005).
Hayward , Susan and Ginette Vincendeau (eds.). French Film: Texts and Contexts (London and New York: Routledge, 2002).
Martin, John. The Golden Age of French Cinema, 1929-1939 (London: Columbus Books, 1983).
Powrie, Phil and Keith Reader (eds.). French Cinema: A Student's Guide (London: Arnold, 2002).
Williams, Alan. Republic of images: a history of French film making (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992).
- HAC-2002: Addysg yn y Gymru Gyfoes (20) (Semester 1)
- HAC-2009: Cymdeithas, Iaith a Phrotest (20) (Semester 2)
- HPS-2011: Paradoxes of Self: Nietz./Jung (20) (Semester 1)
- HTA-2111: Ancestral Landscapes (20) (Semester 1)
1. Introduction and the chronology of later prehistoric Britain and Ireland
2. Mesolithic background and the nature of hunter-gatherers
3. The Mesolithic/Neolithic transition
4. The environment, forest clearances and the role of cereals and meat in Neolithic diets
5. Settlements, houses and mobility
6. Neolithic material culture: pottery, stone tools, axes and flint mines
7: Places for the ancestors: the role of the dead in Neolithic society
8. Monuments 1: chambered tombs
9. Monuments 2: causewayed enclosures
10. Monuments 3: cursus, henges and stone circles
11. Theory 1: Prehistoric landscapes, phenomenology and experience
12. Theory 2: The natural world: natural places and human-animal relations
13. Ireland: a case study
14. Early Bronze Age: Introduction
15. Places for the dead: Earlier Bronze Age burial and ceremony
16. Early Bronze Age: elements of continuity, elements of change
17. Early Bronze Age/Middle Bronze Age transition
18: Dividing the land: Later Bronze Age Settlement
19. Later Bronze Age burial and ceremony
20. The production and consumption of prestige goods
21. Regional archaeologies?
22. Revision session
- HTA-2114: Experimental Archaeology (20) (Semester 2)
1. Introduction: experimental archaeology today and its links with ethnoarchaeology
2. The history of experimental archaeology
3. Experiment by design: designing experiments, recording data and methodology
4. Prehistoric metallurgical practices: copper and bronze production
5. Stone and flint technologies; production and use-wear analysis
6. Prehistoric metallurgical practices: iron production
7. Food production: cooking with stone and food storage pits
8. Making prehistoric roundhouses
9. Cremation pyres: a case study on Early Bronze Age practices
10. Taphonomies: understanding the formation of the archaeological record through experimental archaeology
11. Experiencing experiments and materials; revision lecture
- HTA-2117: Roman Frontier Society (20) (Semester 2)
One of the key themes of this module is the interaction between the Roman army and native populations, and the subsequent evolution of distinct frontier societies. Contextualisation will be central to the investigation of the archaeology. Examination of material evidence from military and civilian sites will include settlement, burial and environmental evidence. Iconographic and epigraphic evidence will also be examined, as will contemporary written sources (e.g. the Vindolanda letters). Key issues explored will centre on continuity and change, and topics will include syncretism and native resistance. The history of Roman scholarship and its influence on perceptions of frontier life forms an important aspect of this course, with particular emphasis given to current post-colonial approaches.
- HTA-2118: Field Archaeology in Britain (20) (Semester 1)
1. Course introduction: outline of course aims, content, assessment.
2. Research designs and regional sampling.
3. Desk-based research: (using HERs, literature searches (including grey literature), accessing aerial photographs, historical documents, place name research, map regression analysis).
4. Surveying upstanding monuments: building recording; setting up a site grid (EDM and tapes); surveying earthworks; fieldwalking strategies.
5. Geophysical surveys: magnetometer, resistivity, magnetic susceptibility, GPR
6. Setting up an archaeological excavation: SMCs, landowner permissions, logistics, sampling strategy, schedule.
7. Doing an excavation: excavation techniques: dryland, wetland, contexts
8. Doing an excavation: recording techniques (planning, section drawing, small finds)
9. Doing an excavation: sampling strategies (soil samples, dating samples)
10. Excavating human remains
11. Planning post-excavation analyses and presenting sites to the public: the importance of outreach
1. Interpreting aerial photography and geophysical surveys: formation processes, site and landscape stratigraphy, plotting data
2. Making maps (downloading data from Edina, Illustration, plotting data)
3. Designing an excavation strategy for three different case-study sites
4. Environmental soil sampling; sorting of soil residues (course residues) and presentation and analysis of data
5. Interpreting archaeological field illustrations (e.g. sections and plans); site formation processes and stratigraphy; writing stratigraphic reports
1. Using the HER and grey literature searches: Gwynedd Archaeological Trust (2 hours)
1. Setting up a site grid and surveying upstanding remains (5 hours)
2. Building recording (3 hours)
- HTA-2120: Rethinking Archaeology (20) (Semester 2)
1. The origins of archaeological theory
2. The ‘New Archaeology’ and post processualism
3. Marxist and structuralist approaches in archaeology
4. The post-processualist critique
5. Multi disciplinary approaches to the archaeological record
6. The archaeology of people and social relations
7. Towards an archaeology of gender
8. Approaches to the study and interpretation of material culture
9. Contemporary approaches to archaeological landscapes
10. Understanding the built environment
11. The archaeology of ritual and religion
12. Archaeology in theory and in practice
1. The identification of cultural groups from archaeological evidence
2. The loss of innocence and the development of the ‘New Archaeology’
3. Symbolic and structural archaeology
4. Re-constructing an interpretive archaeology
5. Social evolution and cognitive archaeology
6. How were past societies organised?
7. Representing gender in the archaeological past
8. Art or artefact: key debates in material culture studies
9. Experiencing the past: a phenomenology of landscape
10. House form and culture
11. What is ritual and religion and can we identify them in the archaeological record?
12. Critical approaches to archaeological fieldwork
- HTH-2124: Heritage and Identity (20) (Semester 2)
Individual, group, local, regional, national and global identities; museums; political and cultural role of archaeology and history, the heritage in minority groups, the heritage of elites, oral culture, heritage and the nation state, the creation of heritage-based identities in past societies.
- HGH-2127: Europe, Early Middle Ages (20) (Semester 1)
1. The fall of the western Roman empire; 2. The foundation of the `barbarian¿ kingdoms; 3. Merovingians and Carolingians; 4. Charlemagne; 5. The papacy and monasticism; 6. Justinian and the Byzantine revival; 7. Culture and society; 8. Towns and economy; 9. The Vikings and the foundation of Normandy; 10. The birth of Islam and the creation of the caliphate of Cordoba. Students taking the course will study these topics using both primary sources (such as Gregory of Tours, Paul the Deacon, Einhard¿s Life of Charlemagne) and the modern historiography.
- HTC-2128: Cestyll a Chymdeithas (20) (Semester 2)
Bydd y modiwl yn edrych ar y themâu canlynol:
1. Cefndir a chyd-destun hanesyddiaethol; 2. Gwreiddiau cestyll y cyfnod; 3. Cestyll a chrefft rhyfela yn y cyfnod; 4. Castell pawb ei dŷ: cestyll fel cartrefi ac anheddau; 5. Astudiaeth achos 1: Cestyll y Croesgadwyr 1098-1291; 6. Cestyll y dychymyg a’r delfryd sifalrig; 7. Astudiaeth achos 2: Cestyll yng Nghymru 1063-1415; 8. Tirlun a phensaernïaeth gastellog; 9. Cestyll a chartrefi caerog yr Oesau Canol Diweddar; 10. Machlud Cestyll yr Oesau Canol?
Ceir cyfle yn ystod y seminarau i archwilio’r themâu hyn ymhellach.
HTH-2157: The Age of the Castle (20) (Semester 2)
This module explores the following themes:
1. Introduction: From the ‘Castle Story’ to Current Thinking; 2. The Origin of the Castle; 3. ‘The King of the Castle’: Great Towers and Keeps; 4. ‘An Englishman’s Home is his Castle’?: The Castle as Lordly Residence; 5. The Castles of the Crusaders 1098-1291; 6. Castles and the Chivalric Ideal; 7. The Castles of Wales 1066-1415; 8. Castles and Elite Landscapes; 9. The Decline of the Castle?; 10. Romantic Ruins? Artists, Poets and the Heritage Industry
You will be given an opportunity to focus in-depth on these themes and on the underpinning primary sources in your seminars.
- HTH-2129: Thatcher's Britain (20) (Semester 2)
The dominant theme of the module is the examination of the 1979-83, 1983-87 and 1987-92 Conservative governments and their policies. Potential students should thus be aware that the main emphasis of the module is politics and political history. Topics covered on the module include the origins of ‘Thatcherism’; the implementation of ‘Thatcherite’ policies after 1979; the Falklands war; the decline of the Labour party 1979-83; the miners strike of 1984/85; race riots and social decay in inner-city Britain; popular music and popular culture; foreign policy and the special relationship; the modernisation of Labour after 1983; the Hillsborough disaster; wealth, affluence and individualism and the break-up of Britain.
- HTC-2132: Rhyfel Mawr trwy lygaid y Cym. (20) (Semester 2)
(Wythnos 1) Cyflwyniad
Darlith 1 - Adrodd hanes y Rhyfel
Sut mae’r ddealltwriaeth o’r Rhyfel Mawr wedi newid dros y degawdau
Seminar 1 - Trafodaeth o sut mae’r myfyrwyr yn edrych ar y Rhyfel, a’r delweddau sydd yn gyfarwydd i’r Cymry; gwylio rhaglen Y Rhwyg (1988), a gyflwynwyd gan Dr John Davies
(Wythnos 2) 1880-1914
Darlith 2 - Sôn am ryfel; poeni am ryfel; paratoi at ryfel; ysu am ryfel?
Darlith 3 - Gorffennaf i Awst 1914
(Wythnos 3) Gwleidyddiaeth: Lloyd George, y Rhyddfrydwyr a’r Sosialwyr
Darlith 4 - Cymeriad Lloyd George; Cyfraniad Lloyd George; Chwedl Lloyd George; Atgofion Lloyd George
Darlith 5 - Sosialwyr a’r Rhyfel
Seminar 2 – Gwleidyddiaeth a’r Rhyfel. Sut wnaeth gwleidyddion bortreadu’r Rhyfel, yn ystod yr ymladd ac yn y degawdau canlynol.
(Wythnos 4) Her i’r hen syniadau am wareiddiad
Darlith 6 - Gwrthwynebwyr Cydwybodol; Merched Cymru a’r Rhyfel
Seminar 3 - Ymladd a gwrthod ymladd: agweddau Gwrthwynebwyr Cydwybodol, ac agweddau cymdeithas tuag at wrthwynebwyr cydwybodol
(Wythnos 5) Ennill y Rhyfel; colli’r heddwch
Darlith 7 – Buddugoliaeth Lloyd George? Cytundeb Versailles
Darlith 8 – Dirwasgiad a Dadrithiad: y 1920au; Gwersi 1914 a’r ymgais i gymodi â Hitler: y 1930au
(Wythnos 6) Yn sgil y Dadrithio
Darlith 9 – Ymateb llenyddol yn y degawdau ar ôl 1918: chwedl Hedd Wyn; All Quiet on the Western Front
Seminar 4 - David Davies a’r mudiad heddwch; Dyhuddiaeth a gwrthwynebiad i’r Ail Ryfel Byd
(Wythnos 7) Y Llewod a’r Asynnod
Darlith 10: Trafodaeth y 1960au: ‘Lions led by Donkeys’; pwysleisio ffolineb a gwastraff y rhyfel
Seminar 5 – Gwylio darnau o gyfres The Great War (BBC, 1964)
(Wythnos 8) Conundrum ‘y ddau Ffrynt Gorllewinol’
Darlith 11: Y gwahaniaeth rhwng maes y gad a fodolodd yn Ffrainc a Fflandrys rhwng 1914 a 1918 a’r un dychmygol sy’n gread y cenedlaethau a edrychai nôl mewn syndod a braw
Seminar 6 – Cofeb Mametz; gwylio rhaglen Mametz (S4C, 1987)
(Wythnos 9) Atgofion hen wŷr
Darlith 12 - Trafferthion gydag atgofion cyn-filwyr, er gwaethaf eu hatyniad amlwg
Darlith 13 – atgofion Griffith Williams, Bob Owen ac Ithel Davies
(Wythnos 10) Hanes Diwylliannol y Rhyfel
Darlith 14 - Rhoi’r cyfan mewn i gyd-destun diwylliannol
Seminar 7 – Portreadu’r Rhyfel Mawr yn y Gymraeg heddiw: Lleisiau’r Rhyfel Mawr (2008)
+ Sesiwn ar gyfer cyflwyniadau’r myfyrwyr
- HGH-2137: USA, 1945-2001 (20) (Semester 2)
Lectures on the module will focus on the social and domestic history of the United States and will include: Affluent society – America in the 1950s; The Kennedy assassination and its aftermath; LBJ and ‘the great society’; Civil Rights and the problem of ‘black America’; Nixon and the Watergate scandal; Crime and social dislocation; Ronald Reagan and the rise of Conservative America; Bill Clinton and post-Cold war American society; 9/11 and its impact. Seminars on the module will focus on foreign policy developments and will include: the origins of the Cold War; the Korean war; the Cuban missile crisis; the ‘race to the moon’; the Vietnam war and its aftermath; the politics of détente; Reaganism and the spectre of communism; the end of the cold war; the road to 9/11.
- HGH-2138: Europe 1945-1992 (20) (Semester 1)
- HTH-2145: The Lion of Justice - Henry I (20) (Semester 2)
1. Background; 2. The youngest brother, 1068¿1100; 3. King of the English, 1100¿1106; 4. The conquest of Normandy, 1106; 5. The governance of the Anglo-Norman regnum; 6. Henry and the Church; 7. Rebellion and disaster, 1118¿1124; 8. The monastic chroniclers: Orderic Vitalis and William of Malmesbury; 9. Henry's personality, family, and environment; 10. The end of the reign and its aftermath. Students taking the course will study these topics using both primary sources and the modern historiography.
- HTC-2156: Rhyfel Cartref America (20) (Semester 1)
Y Gogledd a’r De
Gwleidyddiaeth yr 1850au
Achosion y Rhyfel a’r Argyfwng Arwahanu
Ymladd y Rhyfel
Y Cymry a’r Rhyfel
Y Rhyfel a’r Gorllewin
Ennill y Rhyfel
Adluniad a’i Fethiant
- HTH-2159: History in Practice (20) (Semester 2) neu
HTW-2159: History in Practice (20) (Semester 2)
- HTH-2160: The Age of Reform 1770-1835 (20) (Semester 1)
- HTH-2164: Violence in Early Mod Britain (20) (Semester 1)
- Students must take two general modules in History (codes beginning HGH/HGC/HGW). Students can take 20 credits of modules from outside of the school.