Module Catalogue 2018/19

SEL3319 : The Spielberg Generation (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2018/19
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Andrew Shail
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



To familiarise students with the historical scrutiny of cinema through the analysis of a selection of Hollywood films from the mid-1960s to the present, with special emphasis on whether and how the cinema of this period divides into distinct generations.

Outline Of Syllabus

Week 1
Lecture A: Introduction & The Hypothesis of the Rightward Lurch
Lecture B: How to Read a Film
Film: None

Week 2
Lecture A: The Production Code and Classicism
Lecture B: Working on Film
Film: The Apartment (dir. Billy Wilder, 1960)

Week 3
Lecture: New Hollywood
Film: The Graduate (dir. Mike Nichols, 1967)

Week 4
Lecture: New Hollywood II
Film: American Graffiti (dir. George Lucas, 1973)

Week 5
Lecture: New New Hollywood
Film: As established during the week 4 seminar.

Week 6
Lecture: The story of ‘Twentieth-Century Fox Fanfare with Cinemascope Extension’
Film: As established during the week 4 seminar.

Week 7
Lecture: Nostalgia
Film: As established during the week 4 seminar.

Week 8
Lecture: Religious Accommodationism
Film: As established during the week 4 seminar.

Week 9
Lecture: Remakes Rebooted
Film: As established during the week 4 seminar.

Week 10
Lecture: The Bomb
Film: Titanic (dir. James Cameron, 1997)

Week 11
Lecture: Christianity & Sacrifice
Film: Saving Private Ryan (dir. Steven Spielberg, 1998)

Week 12 – Revision week
Lecture: Essay workshop
No film

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

A successful student will be able to demonstrate in their written work:
- a historical knowledge of Hollywood film from the 1960s to the present;
- a detailed textual knowledge of selected films from this period;
- an ability to discern core stylistic and thematic elements;
- knowledge of the relationship between social history and filmic politics.

Intended Skill Outcomes

A student successfully completing this module will be able to demonstrate subject-specific skills in regard to the reading of filmic sequences and structures, and the understanding of the cultural specificities important to film. The student will also be able to demonstrate intellectual skills in moving between the study of general historical tendencies and the specificities of highly individual filmic ‘texts’.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Numeracy : Present
    • Literacy : Present
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Assessed
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
      • Decision Making : Assessed
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Initiative : Present
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Present
      • Adaptability : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Interpersonal : Present
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
      • Peer Assessment Review : Present
  • Application
    • Commercial Acumen
      • Market Awareness : Present
      • Financial Awareness : Present
    • Social Cultural Global Awareness : Assessed

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion136:0036:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture141:0014:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading103:0030:00Film Screenings
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading154:0054:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity110:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study134:0034:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures give students insight into the major debates concerning periodisation in recent Hollywood history, accompanied with examples from close readings of films. Seminars give students the opportunity to develop their skills at analysing filmic politics and film stylistics, and, by requiring students to collaboratively map filmic structures, enhance their individual ability to discern formal and thematic variation and consistency over time. Film screenings require students to watch the primary texts in an academic environment conducive to critical viewing, and present the films in theatrical scale.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A1004000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The submitted work format is particularly good for testing organizational, writing and research skills, and for allowing the in-depth analysis of primary texts that is necessary to an analysis of historical variation.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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