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Postgraduate Course: Research Methods in Film Studies 1 (CLLC11182)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryResearch Methods in Film Studies 1 will introduce students to the basics of academic film analysis, writing and research.
Course description Research Methods in Film Studies 1 will begin with a general introduction to academic research at postgraduate level before presenting some of the major approaches to film analysis. The course will introduce students to the practice of writing academically about cinema as well as discussing practical methods of engaging with the study of individual films. The course will introduce the large number of film-related research resources within the university and in Edinburgh at large. We will also consider how to use the many online film databases to support research.

Research Methods in Film Studies 1 will ensure that all students are familiar with the basic academic practices of referencing and formatting bibliographies and filmographies.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 6, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 25, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course is marked on a pass/fail basis.

If a student fails a component, then each assignment will be given a numerical mark and the average used to determine whether a pass mark has been achieved.
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1. A formatted bibliography and filmography (20 items in each) (50%)
2. Review of a scholarly work's research methods (800 words) (50%)
Feedback 1. Students will submit a first draft of their bibliography and filmography via Grademark, be given feedback, and then asked to submit a final version.
2. Students will be given feedback on the quality of their article review via Grademark.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Use and organise a number of research technologies, including online resources and databases.
  2. Identify specific technical problems in the study of film and cinema, including problems of historical method, theoretical approach and audio-visual analysis.
  3. Produce a formatted scholarly bibliography and filmography.
  4. Produce a critical review of the research methods employed in a scholarly article or monograph.
Reading List
Corrigan, Timothy (2015) A Short Guide to Writing About Film. 9th ed. Harlow : Pearson Education.

Elsaesser, Thomas and Buckland, W (2012) Studying Contemporary American Film: A Guide to Movie Analysis. London: Bloomsbury.

Geiger, Jeffrey and Rutsky, R. L. (2013) Film Analysis: A Norton Reader. New York and London: W. W. Norton & Company.

Ryan, Michael and Lenos, M (2012) An Introduction to Film Analysis: Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film. New York and London: Continuum.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Academic research skills
Time keeping
Course organiserDr David Sorfa
Tel: (0131 6)50 3637
Course secretaryMrs Alisa Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4465
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