Module Catalogue 2020/21

SML1021 : Introduction to International Film

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Philippa Page
  • Lecturer: Dr Teresa Ludden, Dr Shiro Yoshioka, Professor Guy Austin
  • Other Staff: Dr Anne Carruthers, Dr Gary Jenkins
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



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

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).

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

- Show knowledge of the key terms and ideas in filmic analysis.
- Display a basic knowledge of the history of cinema and the national cinemas under discussion.
- Display knowledge of cinema as both a national and transnational art form and industry.
- Show more detailed knowledge of selected key films from each of the national cinemas.
- Show knowledge of transnational dialogues between filmmakers, particularly in terms of style and technique.

Intended Skill Outcomes

- Taking notes effectively from recorded lecture materials, seminar discussions, journals and secondary material.
- Finding secondary material in bibliographies devoted to film, being able to critically engage with these materials in order to assess their relevance and use for assignments.
- Operating effectively as part of teamwork discussion.
- Analysing sequences of film closely.
- Carry out effective comparative analysis of two or more films in relation to a particular theme, aesthetic device, conceptual frame, or issue.
- Develop the necessary skill-set for writing a competent comparative essay that is able to structure and present a clear argument.
- Develop increasing autonomy in independent study.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials182:0036:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present in Person
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities181:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study198:0098:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SML1121Introduction to International Film - Part 1
SML1221Introduction to International Film - Part 2
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures, in the form of non-synchronous online teaching, will adopt flexible, blended learning methods and strategies to introduce students to Film Studies as a scholarly field. They will outline general principles and set general national context for films concerned (to be supplemented by structured independent reading and guided online learning activities). Small group teaching, noted above as synchronous present-in-person and online synchronous teaching, will allow students to examine film clips, allowing for detailed discussion and analysis as well as revisiting and reinforcing knowledge from the lecture materials and online guided activities. Seminars will provide the students with the opportunity to lead discussion on a topic through interactive activities that develop their independent thinking and critical analysis. Both types of learning activities will include advice on how to prepare for assessment. Surgery hours allow students to consult the module leader with any particular difficulties in understanding concepts, tasks, etc. Independent learning includes preparation for small group work, further reading and assessment.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002,000-word comparative essay in English Students required to answer 1 comparative essay question from a selection provided
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MPractice essay: 1,500-word comparative essay in English. Students required to answer 1 essay question from a selection provided.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The semester 1 formative assessment allows students to demonstrate their awareness of the specificity of the film medium and the styles and techniques used therein. It enables them to practice and receive timely feedback on comparative approaches to analysis and essay writing, where they engage with conceptual, contextual and/or historical frames of reference in order to structure these comparisons. The semester 2 summative assessment allows students to build on the feedback gained from the formative assessment and the knowledge and skills developed over both semesters to author an assessed essay that asks them to develop a comparative approach to at least two films studied on the module in relation to broader conceptual and/or contextual frames. Students will demonstrate an awareness of the wider film context as well as demonstrate further their awareness of film style and technique.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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