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FILM6034 Film Policy: National and Global Contexts (Research)

Module Overview

This module offers a comparative study of contemporary global film industries, with particular focus on the UK, Europe and East Asia. It addresses how government and industry policy initiatives help to shape developments in the production and dissemination of film. It examines the interrelationship between national policies and the international contexts of today’s cultural industries.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the social, historical and economic contexts in which the cultural sector operates and has developed
  • different models of cultural and film policy making internationally and their impact on the industry
  • the shifting relationship between UK government policy and the cultural sector
  • the place of aesthetic debates about traditional arts in a context where the cultural industries such as the film industry are increasingly dominant
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • analyse how ideas about culture are embodied in cultural and film policy
  • evaluate different models of cultural and film policy
  • analyse and interpret the social, cultural and economic factors that impact on the contemporary cultural sector, in particular in relation to the film industry
  • make judgements about key aesthetic debates that impact on policy making decisions in the cultural sector, with particular reference to film
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate effective research skills across discipline boundaries
  • engage in informed discussion with your peers on specific topics related to the cultural sector
  • define and manage an extended interdisciplinary written task
  • access recent research findings on the development of cultural & film policy
  • present coherent arguments both verbally and in writing on specific topics related to the cultural sector


This module provides you with an introduction to the contemporary cultural sector, with a specific focus on the film industry, nationally and internationally. You will be able to scope the field by exploring the different meanings attached to the word culture and investigating its current salience: politically, economically, and socially. This will also involve examination of the key players in today’s cultural scene, such as national and international funding bodies. You will examine the place of culture on government agendas (currently and historically), and the impact of government policies on cultural organisations. You will study the film industry in particular in order to explore, for instance, UK government attempts to promote a national film industry and how this is being affected by the internationalisation of film production. The module will enable you to make comparisons between the development and implementation of film policies in the UK, Europe, the US and Asia, and to explore how different models are in operation with respect to the creation or preservation of film cultures at a national level.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• tutor-led presentations to introduce key issues and topics • student presentations and plenary discussion • tutor-supported individual work Learning activities include • preparation and participation in group discussion on a variety of relevant topics • completion of assignments requiring you to research and make use of a range of primary and secondary sources

Independent Study132
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Jackel, Anne (2003). European Film Industries. 

Hjort, Mette & Duncan Petrie (2007). The Cinema of Small Nations. 

(2005). International Journal of Cultural Policy. ,Vol. 11, No. 1 .

Chong, Derrick (2002). Arts Management. 

Hesmondhalgh, D. (2007). The Cultural Industries. 

Williams, Raymond (1983). Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society. 

Djya, E (2001). BFI Film and TV Handbook. 

Selwood, Sarah (2001). The UK Cultural Sector: Profile and Policy Issues. 

Davis, Darrell William & Emily Yueh-yu Yeh (2008). East Asian Screen Industries. 

Beck, A. (2003). Cultural Work: Understanding the Cultural Industries. 

Puttnam, David (1997). The Undeclared War, The Struggle for Control for the World’s Film Industry. 

McGuigan, J (2004). Rethinking Cultural Policy. 

Murphy, Robert (2001). British Cinema Book. 

Moran, Albert (1996). Film Policy: International, National, Regional Perspectives. 


Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback - tutor-supported workshops - peer discussion/support - consultation with your tutor in preparation for the formal assessments


Class Exercise


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


No extra costs to students

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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