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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

Module Aims

• provide you with an overview for the development of ideas about culture, and the sources for these ideas • provide you with an awareness of how ideas about culture have impacted on the development of film policy in the UK and elsewhere • provide you with an overview of the development of the contemporary cultural sector in a national and international context and the position of the film industry within it • provide you with a historical overview of the evolution of contemporary cultural policy in the UK and its application to film policy • enable you to examine different approaches to cultural and film policy research

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


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


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 75%
Oral presentation 25%


MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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