PERF06067 2012 Culture, Performance and Representation 20th century abd film

General Details

Full Title
Culture, Performance and Representation 20th century abd film
Transcript Title
20th century and film
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Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
HUMA - Humanities
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2012 - Full Academic Year 2012-13
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Rhona Trench, Una Mannion
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERA_B07 201700 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Acting) SG_APERT_B07 201700 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Design)

This module introduces learners to the history of film within the wider cultural, aesthetic, and technological movements/contexts of the 20th century. Learners will study key filmmakers such as D.W. Griffith, Dreyer, Eisenstein, Riefenstahl, de Sica, Kurosawa, Welles, Godard, Fellini, Bergman, Roeg, Greenaway, Winterbottom, Kieslowski, & Von Trier, for example. Learners  introduced to terms and concepts for "reading" of film and to key movements in cinematic history.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


apply the terms and concepts of film studies to analysis of film text


analyse relationship of prescribed films to eachother and to their cultural, social, aesthetic and historical contexts


demonstrate analytical competency in understanding and reading film style in terms of cinematic movements


present ideas and lead class in discussion of prescribed film, using film clips


construct a written analysis of film demonstrating ability to "read" filmic elements and to engage in cultural analysis


research cultural, aesthetic and historical contexts of prescribed film as well as research readings/interpretations of the film text

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessments designed give learners opportunity to demonstrate learning across a range of activities: researched and documented essay; research journal that also provides evidence of attending screenings, contribution and participation ; presentation and led discussion; creative project

Indicative Syllabus

1. Film Studies Grammar: film as theatre; exploring a material world; mise-en-scene; film as photography; film as collage; film as exposition, argument and experiment; film as storytelling

2. Film History: silent era, montage, expressionism, realism, italian neo-realism, auteur theory and french new wave, american new wave, digital

3. 20th Century Film and aesthetic movments: study of prescribed films in contexts of literary, theatrical and aesthetic movements

4. Cultural Analysis - ideology, hegemony, power - film as a medium that has played a role in the regulation of cultural hierarchies and film as form of cultural inquiry

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Essay researched & documented Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % OnGoing 1,2,3,5,6
2 Individual Project Presentation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,6
3 Individual Project research log book Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % OnGoing 1,2,3,6
4 Practical Evaluation creative project Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % End of Term 1,2,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Flat Classroom Tutor led discussions 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Wexman, Virginia Wright, A History of Film (Allyn :-:-amp:::: Bacon, 2009)

Thompson, Kristen and David Bordwell, Film History: An Introduction (McGraw Hill, 2009)

Sikov, Ed, Film Studies: An Introduction (Columbia UP, 2010)

Cook, David, A History of Narrative Film (Norton, 2008)

Other Resources