Module Identifier TFM0130  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Kevin J Donnelly  
Semester Semester 1  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay 5,000 words  60%
Semester Assessment Annotated detailed close analysis 3,000 words  40%
Supplementary Assessment Resits of assignments when necessary. The essays will follow a similar structure but focus on a different topic.100%

Learning outcomes

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


This module provides a foundation in terms of film theory and close textual analysis for, Film Studies MA, joining theory and issues-based approaches to Film Studies at the site of close film analysis.

Brief description

The module will be centred on a small group of related films (initially the Alien series) and will involve students in detailed close analysis and the practice of film interpretation. As a backdrop to this, the module will be founded upon a bedrock of traditional film theory, which students will be asked to re-consider. Some of the theory will be concerned with issues surrounding film (and remain important arguments in the public sphere), while much of the theory will be important canonical writings that have served to establish and develop Film Studies as a discipline



  1. Textual analysis
  2. Hermeneutics
  3. Formalism I
  4. Formalism II
  5. Realism debates
  6. Genre cinema
  7. Authorship
  8. Psychoanalytic criticism
  9. Ideological criticism
  10. Ideological criticism II

Module Skills

Problem_solving Through student thought about and evaluation of the appropriateness of film theories in the use of film analysis. Some of the learning will focus on issues or key questions.  
Research skills This element is developed through students' own investigations into written and audiovisual material that they can bring to bear upon the course and their essays.  
Communication Students will be expected to contribute to in-class discussions and relate their own research progress orally.  
Improving own Learning and Performance In the course of the module, there will be points where students will be asked to think reflexively about their reading and viewing, as well as how their research is progressing.  
Team work Although there is no official groupwork on the course, it is hope that students will work together in seminars for small tasks and small-group discussions.  
Information Technology Students will have to word-process essays, and can make use of the internet for research purposes.  


This module is at CQFW Level 7