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Undergraduate Course: Introduction to European Cinema (ELCC08003)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
Summary[This course does not operate a waiting list. You can contact the Course Secretary in Week 1 in January to check if any spaces have become available]

Introduction to European Cinema will give students a historical and theoretical introduction to the study of film and cinema. It will present the development of film in Europe from its beginnings to the present, together with an introduction to the spectrum of critical reaction and aesthetic evaluation that has accompanied the medium throughout its existence.
Course description Introduction to European Cinema will cover a broad sweep of European film history with a consideration of cinema in a number of countries. We look at a wide and changing range of films but often cover films from Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Britain, Scandinavia, and (former) Soviet Bloc countries. We place these within the context of broader historical and aesthetic developments in Europe. The course covers the various new waves of the 1960s and some contemporary European film. The course also provides an introduction to the study and criticism of film more generally.

Please note that this course now runs in Semester 2 only.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 13/01/2025
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 11, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Other Study Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Film screenings
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 x 1000 word essay (30%)
1 x 1500 word essay (70%)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of a variety of European films and locate these within their socio-historical and cultural contexts.
  2. Understand and employ, where applicable, various approaches within Film Studies.
  3. Display some understanding of theory from Film Studies and/or other fields relevant to the film/s in question and employ secondary literature to aid their reading of film.
  4. Use appropriate terminology in written and oral form.
  5. Construct and present clear, sustained arguments on (some of) the films and themes central to the course, both individually and while working as part of a team.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 1/w Lecture
1/w Tutorial
Course organiserDr Pasquale Iannone
Course secretaryMiss Hope Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
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