PERF07023 2017 Film Studies

General Details

Full Title
Film Studies
Transcript Title
Film Studies
N/A %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Mr. John Kelleher, Tom Weir, Rhona Trench, Una Mannion
Programme Membership
SG_HWRIT_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Writing and Literature

This module introduces learners to the history of film within the wider cultural, aesthetic, and technological movements/contexts of the 20th and 21st centuries. Learners will study key filmmakers such as D.W. Griffith, Sergei Eisenstein, Leni Riefenstahl, Vittorio, de Sica, Akira Kurosawa, Orson Welles, Lars Von Trier, Paul Thomas Anderson, Paul Haggis, Haifaa-alMansour and Kathryn Bigelow 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

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The teaching and learning strategy in this class is a mixture of seminar, lecture and workshop to maximise students engagement and participation in directing own learning.

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

Repeat Assessments

Students provided with the opportunity to repeat projects should they fail the continuous assessment

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 Research essay Continuous Assessment Essay 40 % End of Semester 1,2,3,5,6
2 Individual Project Presentation Continuous Assessment Project 35 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,6
3 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 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