Global Opportunities

SML1221 : Introduction to International Film - Part 2

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the School of Modern Languages, this module aims to introduce students to the systematic study of cinema as an art form, signifying system and cultural expression of the society within which it is produced.

In addition, this module aims to make aspects of the above available to students from outside the degree.

This module is for Exchange students studying at Newcastle University for Semester 2 only.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lecture materials and synchronous teaching activities (both present-in-person and online) will introduce students to the knowledge and skills required for the comparative analysis and study of films as texts in their contexts.

Films will be drawn from a wide range of countries (e.g. from East Asia, Europe, Latin America) and
will be studied in relation to a variety of stylistic features and/or theoretical approaches (e.g. ideology, aesthetics, genre, stars, gender, race, class, and sexuality).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Preparation and completion of all summative and formative assessments.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials81:008:00Non-synchronous lecture materials available on VLE
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading110:0010:00Guided preparation for in-person seminar activities. Guided reading of secondary materials.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Present in Person. Can migrate online if necessary.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Assessment support
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study143:0043:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SML1021Introduction to International Film
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Regular present-in-person seminars will take the form of small-group teaching to provide the students with the opportunity to discuss a topic both individually and in groups, present their ideas and develop their independent thinking and critical analysis as they engage interactively in debate. The seminars are designed to be student-led. Students are asked to prepare specific seminar tasks. Seminar leaders facilitate discussion and provide feedback on the discussion.

Lecture materials will be delivered in the form of non-synchronous lecture materials available on the Canvas VLE. Students are asked to work through these materials in preparation for in-person seminar groups. These materials will allow definition of the scope of the syllabus, give an introduction to a body of knowledge, and model suitable critical approaches within the framework of Film Studies. These lecture materials will make use of PowerPoint, podcast style recordings, and clips accessible on the IPTV streaming service. They also focus on developing the skill set required for essay writing. These materials and activities should serve as a foundation to support seminars, students’ own independent study and assessment preparation. In addition to this, online guided learning activities seek to bridge the gap between seminars, lecture materials and independent study by offering some structure to independent study tasks, such as secondary reading, close film analysis and seminar preparation.

All knowledge outcomes are addressed by this combination of in-person seminars and non-synchronous online guided learning formats. The module is taught in English. All primary materials and secondary materials are either in English or subtitled. Drop-in surgery hours provide a space for individual feedback and support, in addition to staff feedback and consultation hours.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A10024-hour take-home exam.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay2MOptional practice essay to be submitted by Week 8 of Semester 2.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The end-of-semester summative assessment, in the form of a 24-hour take-home exam, allows students to demonstrate their awareness of the specificity of the film medium and the styles and techniques used in different films. The take-home exam will ask them to develop a comparative approach to at least two films studied on the module in relation to broader conceptual and/or contextual frames.

In addition to this, students are offered to opportunity to complete a practice essay during Semester 2 (to be submitted no later than Week 8). Feedback will be provided with a view to supporting completion of the summative assessment at the end of Semester 2.

Reading Lists