MODL1800 Introduction to Film Studies II

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  • Taught: Semester 2 View timetable
  • Credits: 20
  • Class Size: 80
  • Module Manager: Andrew Moore
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  • This Module is approved as a Discovery Module
  • This module replaces MODL1040: Introduction to World Cinema II

Discovery module overview

Module Summary

Module Summary

Introduction to Film Studies II develops the ideas introduced in Introduction to Film Studies I through the exploration of a further 3 thematic blocks; 'auteur', 'popular cinema & genre' and 'industry'. The module also continutes to explore the concepts introduced in the first part of the course. Students will gain an insight into a variety of national cinemas and be given the opportunity to further develop their critical skills.


The objectives of the module are to:

  • - offer a positive definition of World Cinema, based on a polycentric approach to film studies

  • - offer an overview of auteur theory, the concepts and approaches associated with popular film, and key industry practices
  • - introduce students to research in film studies and new scholarship on the subject

  • - teach students how to read a film and conduct close analyses with the support of theoretical approaches

  • - introduce students to the standard concepts, terminology, information and techniques relevant to film studies


This module will further develop the ideas introduced to students in Introduction to Film Studies I by exploring a further 3 thematic blocks; the 'auteur', 'popular cinema and genre' and 'industry'. Students will explore the themes by looking at variety of films from the silent period through the post-WWII new waves to the advent and dominance of the digital era (although not necessarily in strict chronological order).

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • - demonstrate awareness of the basic concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques which are a standard feature of film studies

  • - demonstrate some knowledge of the critical terminology relevant to film

  • - demonstrate an awareness of the debates surrounding popular cinema

  • - demonstrate an awareness of the global economy of films and their role in the production of meaning

  • - demonstrate an awareness of the cultural and socio-historical contexts in which films are produced and consumed

Skills Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • - demonstrate some knowledge of the critical terminology relevant to film

  • - conduct basic close analyses of single films

  • - use technical vocabulary specific to film studies

  • - recognise a range of cinematic techniques from a variety of periods

  • - apply basic theoretical principles to the analysis of films

  • - construct coherent written and oral arguments about the stylistic and cultural features of films

Assessment and teaching

Assessment and teaching


Assesment type Notes % of formal assesment
Essay 2,000 word essay 70
Total percentages (Assessment Coursework) 70


Exam type Exam duration % of formal assessment
Online MCQ 1 hr 0 mins 30
Total Percentage (Assesment Exams) 30

Private Study

Reading and viewing for lectures and seminars; writing up notes and preparation for presenting outcomes in seminars; researching and writing essays.

Progress Monitoring

Student progress will be monitored on a regular basis via classroom participation, group discussion and prepared presentations (formative).

Teaching methods

Delivery type Number Length hours Student hours
Lecture 10 1 10
Seminar 10 1 10
Private Study Hours 180
Total Contact Hours 20
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits) 200

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