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SML1021 : Introduction to International Film

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Philippa Page
  • Lecturer: Professor Guy Austin, Dr Teresa Ludden, Dr Shiro Yoshioka
  • 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


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 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.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures and seminars will introduce students to the knowledge and skills required for 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 and sexuality).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Assumes five seminar groups.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SML1121Introduction to International Film - Part 1
SML1221Introduction to International Film - Part 2
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will outline general principles and set general national context for films concerned (to be supplemented by structured independent reading). Small group teaching will allow students examine film clips, allowing for detailed discussion and analysis as well as revisiting and reinforcing knowledge from the lectures. It will also 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A50Unseen exam.
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
SML1221Introduction to International Film - Part 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A501750-word film analysis. Candidates will be asked to compare and contrast 2 films with particular reference to film form *cont below
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MPractice essay of 1,000 words. Set in November.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The semester 1 assessment allows students to demonstrate their awareness of the specificity of the film medium and the styles and techniques used therein. The semester 2 assessment allows them to demonstrate an awareness of the wider film context as well as demonstrate further their awareness of film style and technique.

* as well as narrative and context.

Reading Lists