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Module

MCH2001 : Film Theory for Practice 2: Why Cinema?

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Raisa Sidenova
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module builds on Film Theory for Practice 1: What is Cinema?, which provided an introduction to classic and contemporary film theory. In Film Theory for Practice 2: Why Cinema? students will engage with advanced topics in film theory. Drawing on a range of theoretical approaches to film such as cognitive film theory, film philosophy, Marxism and postcolonialism, queer studies among others, students will explore the political and cultural impact of cinema in contemporary society.

The module will pay particular attention to the impact of digital technologies on thinking about film and its place in arts and society. As Film Theory for Practice 1, this module will focus not only on important theoretical texts but also on writings of filmmakers-theorists from around the world.

Aims:
1. To provide students with a critical survey of the principal authors and concepts in contemporary film theory.
2. To provide students with an insight into the aesthetic debates and their relationship to broader politics and ideologies of today.
3. To provide students with an understanding of social forces and functions of cinema as a mass art in the era of the mobile screens.
4. To facilitate students to be able to write in a scholarly way about cinema and contemporary society.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics may include:
Advanced theoretical approaches to film including Marxism, postcolonialism, film philosophy, cognitive film theory.
The digital turn and its impact on film production, aesthetics, and political functions.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00Lecture materials on theoretical frameworks, concepts and debates. Delivered online.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion157:0057:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading155:0055:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00Student-led interrogations and discussion of theories. On-campus.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities155:0055:00Reading and watching in preparation for class.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures and student-led workshops / seminars that set out and test key theories and concepts. The combination of illustrated lectures to give a structure and context for learning and reading-based discussion in seminars will enable students to have both the breadth and depth of understanding.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A803000-word essay
Oral Examination2A20Group presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The rationale for the assessments is to enable the students to demonstrate their intellectual grasp of film theory and key concepts through in class assessments as well as through the writing of a scholarly 3000-word essay.

They will be expected to draw on a range of film theorists and movements (fiction and documentary) in order to demonstrate their knowledge and critical understanding of different and divergent critiques of film theory, the cinema and society.

Reading Lists

Timetable