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Module

SML1021 : Introduction to International Film

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Teresa Ludden
  • Lecturer: Dr Philippa Page, Dr Shiro Yoshioka, Professor Guy Austin
  • Other Staff: Dr Gary Jenkins, Dr Anne Carruthers
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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
Degree.

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).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials151:0015:00Non-synchronous lecture materials available on VLE Canvas
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Preparation and completion of all summative and formative assessments.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading221:0022:00Guided preparation for in-person seminar activities. Guided reading of secondary materials.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching161:0016:00In-person seminars on campus, run as 1-hour sessions. These can migrate online if necessary
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Assessment support
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study195:0095:00Students’ own study time
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SML1121Introduction to International Film - Part 1
SML1221Introduction 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A5024-hour take home paper at the end of Semester 2.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M501,750-word assessed comparative essay to be submitted at the end of Semester 1.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MOptional 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.

Reading Lists

Timetable