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Undergraduate Course: Edinburgh: City of Film (LLLG08005)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe course will explore film and TV productions that draw on Edinburgh as a site of inspiration as well as a physical location, making the city a popular film tourism destination. It will spotlight filmmakers and film talents who have found the city conducive and influential to their creativity. Students will also gain familiarity with the vibrant film culture of the Scottish capital renowned for its festivals and international and local film events and venues.
Course description Students on the course can expect to explore a wide range of films inspired by, linked to or made in Edinburgh. For each film, students will examine the representation of Edinburgh and consider how the local setting may have influenced its development. Where possible, students will examine contextual information to evaluate how individual films have played a part in shaping Scottish cinema more generally. The course will also cover the city's rich moving image heritage in order to familiarise students with Edinburgh-based film events, organisations and venues. In-class activities will be accompanied by accessible educational field visits to locations important for Edinburgh film culture.

Course Content
From the outset, students will examine a range of films from across different genres and eras as well as other materials such as journalism and film criticism locating the filmmakers within the city's cultural and historical context. Discussions and activities will also focus on film exhibition within the context of the city of Edinburgh. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to use recognised film studies terminology to develop discipline-specific vocabulary.

Student Learning Experience
Teaching methods will include participating in lectures and group discussions, analysing film clips and watching films (a mixture of in-person and online screenings). Prior to each session, students will be expected to engage in independent learning with preparatory reading and film watching. Students will be given practical exercises to work on individually and in groups in a small seminar setting. The written assessment will provide an opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of Edinburgh film culture and develop skills necessary to write about cinema. Examples of formative assignment on the course might include a presentation or a short text based on an in-class project, a film analysis or a film review. Throughout the course, students will receive formative feedback on their developing work and will be encouraged to reflect on feedback from their course tutor and peers. Students who complete the written summative assignment will also be given detailed written feedback
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Evaluate, compare and contrast a range of screen representations of Edinburgh.
  2. Identify cinematic, cultural and socio-political contexts of these screen representations of the city.
  3. Discuss and critically evaluate film and TV productions by referring to recognised film terminology and responding to secondary reading from texts such as film criticism and journalism.
  4. Evaluate the use of different sources of inspiration for film.
Reading List

Caughie, Griffiths, T., & Velez-Serna, M. A. (eds.). (2018). Early cinema in Scotland. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Griffiths, T. (2012) The Cinema and Cinema-going in Scotland: 1896-1950. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Hardy, F. (1990) Scotland in Film. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Martin-Jones. (2009). Scotland: Global Cinema. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Mazierska, E. & Rascaroli, L. (2003) From Moscow to Madrid: Postmodern Cities, European cinema. London: I.B. Tauris.
Murray, J. (2015) The New Scottish Cinema. London: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
Nowlan, B. & Finch, Z. (eds.) (2015) Directory of World Cinema. Scotland. Bristol, UK: Intellect.
Penz, F. & Lu, A. (eds.) (2011) Urban Cinematics: Understanding Urban Phenomena through the Moving Image. Bristol, UK: Intellect.
Petrie, D. J. (2000) Screening Scotland. London: British Film Institute.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Presentation and evaluation of evidence and argument
- Independent autonomous learning to research
- Ability to produce written assessment work
- Managing participation and exchange
- Understanding the contexts of cultural productions
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMs Malgorzata Bugaj
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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