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Module Code: COM303
Module Title: Theoretical Debates in Film Studies
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Department of Media and Communication
Pre-requisites: N/A
This module will provide an overview of the main theoretical approaches to the study of film, ranging from the early debates surrounding realism and formalism, to later schools of thoughts, including feminist theory, semiotics, auteur theory, genre criticism, psychoanalysis, cognitivism and phenomenology. These different theoretical perspectives will be explored via relevant case studies.
Learning outcomes 
A. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the core theoretical debates in film studies

B. Apply theoretical concepts to the analysis of individual films

C. Situate individual films in their socio-cultural contexts and show awareness of the intricate ideological and economic processes involved in the films’ production and reception.

D. Critically evaluate the theoretical developments brought about by digitisation.

Method of teaching and learning 

Topics will typically include (but will not be restricted to):

• the notion of realism in cinema;

• theories of spectatorship;

• authorship and subjectivity;

• the politics of cinema;

• the development of genres;

• issues in digital aesthetics.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26   13        111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Group Presentation 30.00
2 Final Essay 70.00

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