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Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Film Studies (LLLG07094)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis is a for-credit course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL); only students registered with OLL should be enrolled.

Learn more about film style, narrative, editing, camera

work and film history. Based around fascinating and

often surprising film clips from the early years of

cinema to the present day, this course will offer you

new ways of looking at film and allow you to explore

and develop your own ideas through class discussion.
Course description 1.Narrative. Rear Window

2.Style. La Regle de Jeu

3. Editing, Breathless

4. Genre. The Searchers

5. Authorship. Mulholland Dr.

6. Realism. Bicycle Thieves

7. Documentary/Ideology Battleship Potemkin

8. Stardom. Raging Bull

9. Recent American Cinema Elephant

10. Recent European Cinema. The Child

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  16
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 2000 word essay
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic interpretive techniques of film-making: eg know how camerawork, editing, mis-en-scène are used to create meaning
  2. Appreciate how a combination of industrial, commercial and artistic factors contributes to shape the history of cinema as an art form.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of the ways in which films are made from socio-political and ideological angles and how these shape the representation of characters, places, etc.
Reading List

Bordwell, D.& Thompson, K. 2010 paperback or any other edition. Film Art: An Introduction. USA: McGraw-Hill

Monaco, J. 2009 paperback or any other edition. How to Read a Film, London, Oxford University Press.
Cook P. and Bernink M. The Cinema Book, London, bfi, any edition.
Bazin, André. 1984. What is Cinema?, vol 1 and 2, Berkeley, University of California Press.
Bordwell, D. 2006. The Way Hollywood Tells It, Berkeley, University of California Press.
Perez, G, 1998. The Material Ghost, London, Johns Hopkins University Press
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsfilm studies
Course organiserMs Martine Pierquin
Tel: (0131 6)51 1182
Course secretaryMrs Diane Mcmillan
Tel: (0131 6)50 6912
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