|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Viewing||10 x 3 Hour Viewings|
|Lecture||10 x 1 Hour Lectures|
|Seminar||10 x 1 Hour Seminars|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Essay (1,500 words)||30%|
|Semester Assessment||Essay (3,000 words)||70%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Essay (1,500 words)||30%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Essay (3,000 words)||70%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Identify representations of British cultural identity in films.
2. Analyse specific instances of the portrayal of cultural identity in British films.
3. Relate these instances to other elements of the films, including their status as examples of British national cinema.
4. Work with the theories and concepts of cultural identity in studying film.
Britain is a nation with a long and particularly chequered social, political and cultural history, which still informs its cultural identity to this day. Britain was also once an imperialist nation, with a large empire under its control; it was one of the first countries to become a modern, industrial nation; it has had, and some would say still has, a rigid class structure (with clear separations between working, middle and upper class); and it was centrally involved in the two world wars of the last century.
Britain, since the end of World War Two, has been faced with a new set of identity problems and struggles – both external (in terms of maintaining its sense of being a world power, in relation to Europe and the USA), and internal (the empowerment of women, the supposed disempowerment of men, the constantly conflicting identities of the English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish, and the increasing ethnic diversity of British society). All of these past and contemporary factors make Britain and the British, as they are reflected and explored in its national cinema, a particularly rich and fertile area in which to explore and learn about the issues, problems and struggles of national identity, and its relation to a series of conflicting identities (whether regional, ethnic, or gender, class or age related).
We have structured the module so that we begin by thinking about what might constitute the ‘British identity’ or ‘British character’ as a whole, and then move to consider the different challenges that have been made, through cinema, to this idea that there is one coherent British identity. Because some of the lectures will focus on such issues as realism, race, gender, and youth culture, we hope that the module will serve as an introduction to these issues in general, as well as in terms of how they have been explored within the context of British cinema.
10 x 1 hour Lectures
10 x 1 hour Seminars
This is the indicative content of a number of topics that will be studied on this module:
British film comedy
British social realism
British horror on film
British film and race
Wales on film
British costume drama/heritage film/adaptations
British art cinema
Relationship between British cinema, Hollywood and Europe
Social, political and cultural contexts of British films
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number|
|Communication||Seminar discussion and feedback; written assignments.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Seminar discussion and feedback; tutorials and feedback.|
|Information Technology||Extensive use of blackboard.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Communication (written and oral), teamwork, IT.|
|Problem solving||Seminar questions (working in teams).|
|Research skills||Requirement for essays.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Knowledge of British cinema.|
|Team work||Seminar discussion – in small teams.|
This module is at CQFW Level 4