SEL3319 : The Spielberg Generation (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To familiarise students with the historical scrutiny of cinema through the analysis of a selection of Hollywood films from the mid-1960s to the present, with special emphasis on whether and how the cinema of this period divides into distinct generations.

Outline Of Syllabus

Week 1
Lecture A: Introduction & The Hypothesis of the Rightward Lurch
Lecture B: How to Read a Film
Film: None

Week 2
Lecture A: The Production Code and Classicism
Lecture B: Working on Film
Film: The Apartment (dir. Billy Wilder, 1960)

Week 3
Lecture: New Hollywood
Film: The Graduate (dir. Mike Nichols, 1967)

Week 4
Lecture: New Hollywood II
Film: American Graffiti (dir. George Lucas, 1973)

Week 5
Lecture: New New Hollywood
Film: As established during the week 4 seminar.

Week 6
Lecture: The story of ‘Twentieth-Century Fox Fanfare with Cinemascope Extension’
Film: As established during the week 4 seminar.

Week 7
Lecture: Nostalgia
Film: As established during the week 4 seminar.

Week 8
Lecture: Religious Accommodationism
Film: As established during the week 4 seminar.

Week 9
Lecture: Remakes Rebooted
Film: As established during the week 4 seminar.

Week 10
Lecture: The Bomb
Film: Titanic (dir. James Cameron, 1997)

Week 11
Lecture: Christianity & Sacrifice
Film: Saving Private Ryan (dir. Steven Spielberg, 1998)

Week 12 – Revision week
Lecture: Essay workshop
No film

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion136:0036:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture141:0014:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading103:0030:00Film Screenings
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading154:0054:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity110:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study134:0034:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures give students insight into the major debates concerning periodisation in recent Hollywood history, accompanied with examples from close readings of films. Seminars give students the opportunity to develop their skills at analysing filmic politics and film stylistics, and, by requiring students to collaboratively map filmic structures, enhance their individual ability to discern formal and thematic variation and consistency over time. Film screenings require students to watch the primary texts in an academic environment conducive to critical viewing, and present the films in theatrical scale.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A1004000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The submitted work format is particularly good for testing organizational, writing and research skills, and for allowing the in-depth analysis of primary texts that is necessary to an analysis of historical variation.

Reading Lists