Module Identifier TF10220  
Module Title STUDYING FILM  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Kate E Egan  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Professor Martin J Barker, Mrs Sarah E Martindale, Ms Kerstin Leder, Rebekah Louise Smith, Ms Sarah Elizabeth Ralph  
Course delivery Other   VIEWING  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at
Semester Assessment Textual analysis 2,500 words  25%
Semester Assessment Essay 2,500 words  25%

Learning outcomes

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

1. Examine a range of different films, and explore the ways in which individual film form and content may be related to wider contexts.

2. Reflect critically on the relevance of the study of film to personal, social and historical understandings.

3. Understand and deploy some key methods of analysis of films.

4. Draw critically uopn a range of reading from the field of film studies, both for the knowledge of films it offers, and for its understanding of the purposes and importance of film studies.

Brief description

The module will explore a variety of answers which have been given to the question; why is film worth studying? Students will be invited to explore how different ways of attaching significance to films connect with different accounts of films in general and particular films, and to encounter different ways of examining and analysing films. The course will cover, among other aspects:

1. Moral debates about films.
2. Academic vs other kinds of film analysis
3. Film theory and textual/formal analysis
4. Issues of narrative
5. Film Genre, Authorship and Star Studies
6. The concept of representation and its importance in understanding film.
7. National cinemas
8. This module will introduce methods of close analysis of elements of film form (for instance, cinematography, the relations of sound and image, editing practices, mise-en-scene, and narrative structure).

Reading Lists

** General Text
(2000.) The film studies reader /edited by Joanne Hollows, Peter Hutchings and Mark Jancovich. Arnold 0340692782
** Recommended Text
Barker, Martin with Austin, Thomas (2000.) From Antz to Titanic: Reinventing Film analysis /Martin Barker with Thomas Austin. Pluto 0745315844
Bordwell, David & Thomson, Kristin (c2001.) Film art :an introduction /David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson. McGraw Hill 0072317256PBKALKPAPER
Hill, John & Church Gibson, Pamela (1998.) The Oxford guide to film studies /edited by John Hill and Pamela Church Gibson. Oxford University Press 0198711158


This module is at CQFW Level 4