Postgraduate Course: Cinema and Society in Britain (PGHC11235)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The course seeks to examine the economic, social, cultural, and political forces that shaped the development of the cinema industry in Britain from the late nineteenth century to the present day. In addition to tracing changes in the production and exhibition of films, broader forces influencing the industry, from State support, to censorship, and audience preferences are also examined, both through the historical literature and the analysis of particular key films. The focus will extend beyond mainstream commercial cinema to take in the emergence of non-commercial cinematic forms, including documentary film. Particular emphasis will be given to introducing students to a range of primary sources for analysing film history, including collections at the National Library of Scotland, the National Archives of Scotland, and the rich documentation available at the Scottish Screen Archive. In the case of the latter, the opportunity also exists to study its extensive collection of moving images.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| To develop students' awareness of the diversity of sources and approaches available to historians engaged in the study of cinema history.
To promote an appreciation of the forces that have shaped the cinema industry's development over time.
To develop an understanding of the changing relationship between cinema and the wider society through the period.
To encourage a critical awareness of the theories, methodologies, and concepts used by economic, social, political, and film historians in tracing the history and broader impact of the moving image.
To develop a critical appreciation of the contribution of sources, both literary and filmic, to an understanding of cinema's development over time.
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|Course organiser||Dr Trevor Griffiths
Tel: (0131 6)50 6897
|Course secretary||Mrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948