Module Identifier TFM1430  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Jamie Medhurst  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Kate E Egan  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay of 4,500 words  60%
Semester Assessment Essay of 3,000 words  40%
Supplementary Assessment Resits of assignments where necessary. The assignments 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 an important historical dimension for the department'r Film Studies provision at MA level. Part of its logic is to historicize some of the debates and theories encountered and evaluated in The Film Text: Analysis and Interpretation module (TFM0130). The module also exploits department strengths and will be taught by three research-active members of staff.

Brief description

The module will provide students with a range of detailed studies of moments in British film history, embracing key movements and developments. It will look at historical occurrences and the consequences of important films and groups of films, both in terms of aesthetic influence and social impact. A range of questions will be addressed, such as: What is the ambiguous relationship between the British film industry and Hollywood? and how far do British films exploit or fabricate a sense of national identity? Questions such as these will cut across the more solidly historical concerns of the module.

Teaching and learning will involve two members of staff from the department, each bringing their own area of expertise to this rich course.



To be confirmed

Module Skills

Problem_solving Through student thought about 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 student' own investigations into written and audiovisual material that they can bring to bear upon the course and their essays. They will also have a session that looks into practical research in the National Library of Wales.  
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