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FILM2006 Introduction to Film Studies

Module Overview

The module will focus on films that were produced by the Hollywood system between 1930 and 1960 but will also reference films from other national institutions and movements. This lecture only module is designed for students who are not enrolled on the combined honours Film Studies degree. It is a co-requisite module for further study on film modules in years 2 and 3 (This module can be taken at the same time as a second-year film module with an FI code). The module introduces you to the basic principles of film form, narrative, style and methodologies of film criticism. The emphasis on this period in the history of Hollywood provides a foundation for the study of more specialised modules which take as their basis the debates and issues raised by the significant influence of Hollywood forms and styles of filmmaking.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

introduce you to the basic principles of film form, narrative, style and methodologies of film criticism. ? introduce you to the key issues and debates of film history and theory. ? enable you to develop an understanding of the language of film analysis

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • use visual and aural elements to understand and analyse narrative film-texts
  • incorporate a reflective approach to the learning process
  • work effectively and independently
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • identify the basics of film language and incorporate shot by shot techniques of film textual analysis
  • demonstrate a general knowledge of the form and stylistic properties of Classical Hollywood Cinema
  • demonstrate the ability to incorporate into a journal effective note-taking during screenings
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • evaluate the efficacy of key theories and critical methods pertinent to film-text analysis
  • apply these methods and theories to film texts in a critical and interrogative manner

Syllabus

This lecture only module is designed for those who are not enrolled on the combined honours Film Studies degree. It is a co-requisite module for further study on film courses in years 2 and 3. (This module can be taken at the same time as a second year film module with a FILM code) The module introduces you to the basic principles of film form, narrative, style and methodologies of film criticism. It does this by focusing on what is generally called the ‘classical’ mode of filmmaking, popular Hollywood cinema from 1930-1960. The emphasis on this period in the history of Hollywood provides a foundation for the study of more specialised modules which take as their basis the debates and issues raised by the significant influence of Hollywood forms and styles of filmmaking.

Special Features

Your knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of film form, narrative and style, the key issues and debates of film history and theory, the language of film analysis and methodologies of film criticism will be developed through attendance in lectures and your note-taking in screenings.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include ? lectures ? screenings ? independent study Learning activities include ? essay writing Template Approved by Senate – June 2013 University of Southampton 4 Module Profile date module name ? note-taking in screenings ? use of Blackboard e-learning programme

TypeHours
Independent Study102
Teaching48
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson (2007). Film Art: An Introduction. 

John Hill and Pamela Church Gibson (1998). The Oxford Guide to Film Studies. 

Pam Cook (1999). The Cinema Book. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 50%
Essay  (2000 words) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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