SML1021 : Introduction to International Film
SML1021 : Introduction to International Film
- Offered for Year: 2023/24
- Module Leader(s): Dr Teresa Ludden
- Lecturer: Dr Sarah Leahy, Dr Shiro Yoshioka, Dr Dunja Fehimovic, Dr Philippa Page
- Other Staff: Dr Anne Carruthers
- Owning School: Modern Languages
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
|European Credit Transfer System|
Modules you must have done previously to study this module
Pre Requisite Comment
Modules you need to take at the same time
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).
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.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||50:00||50:00||Preparation and completion of all summative and formative assessments.|
|Structured Guided Learning||Lecture materials||15||1:00||15:00||Non-synchronous lecture materials available on VLE Canvas|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||22||1:00||22:00||Guided preparation for in-person seminar activities. Guided reading of secondary materials.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||16||1:00||16:00||In-person seminars on campus, run as 1-hour sessions. These can migrate online if necessary|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||2||1:00||2:00||Assessment support|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||95:00||95:00||Students’ own study time|
Jointly Taught With
|SML1121||Introduction to International Film - Part 1|
|SML1221||Introduction to International Film - Part 2|
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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||90||2||A||50||In-person written paper at the end of Semester 2.|
|Essay||1||M||50||1,750-word assessed comparative essay to be submitted at the end of Semester 1.|
Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.
|Essay||1||M||Optional practice essay to be submitted by Week 8 of Semester 1|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The semester 1 summative (and formative) assessed essay allows students to demonstrate their awareness of the specificity of the film medium and the styles and techniques used in different films, which they are asked to approach comparatively. 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.
In addition to this, students are offered to opportunity to complete a practice essay during Semester 1 (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 1.
The semester 2 summative assessment, in the form of a 24-hour take-home exam, 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
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