ML3CW-Cinemas of the World

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Marta Simo-Comas


Type of module:

Summary module description:
This course introduces students to world cinema from the silent-film era to the present day. The course focuses on representative and influential moments in cinema history, examining fiction and non-fiction films from different perspectives: aesthetic, political, technological, cultural and/or economic. The areas to be explored include the development of editing and narrative techniques from Soviet cinema to Expressionism, aesthetic movements and styles such as Italian Neorealism, the French Nouvelle Vague, the Spanish Movida, and the German Post-Wende, ‘auteur’ films and mainstream genres (from westerns to comedies), documentaries and cinema produced outside Europe. Part of this module focuses on how European cinematic traditions both represent and interact with European cultures and histories, as well as with those of the rest of the world.

The learning objectives of the course are to familiarise students with significant moments in film history and to foster the critical and analytical skills necessary for them to assess, understand and evaluate films effectively. The course also aims to give students a sense of the history and cultural significance of films as well as to train them to perform close analysis.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students will acquire:
A) familiarity with film genres, and with discussions of the aesthetics of film; the ability to relate the style and content of a film to the context of a world media market and to historical conditions; the acquisition of competence in analysing film texts;
B) the effective and critical expression of this understanding and analysis in classroom discussions and seminars and in coursework.

Additional outcomes:
Students will demonstrate their knowledge using traditional writing assignments as well as social media, audio and video technology,

Outline content:
The module will be divided into several parts focussing on iconic films in cinema history; film genres such as spaghetti westerns, Italian comedy, gangster movies; cinema by second-generation filmmakers; themes in cinema such as the Holocaust, the memory of war, decolonisation, class, gender and sexuality.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

There will be weekly lectures. Film viewings might be arranged by the lecturer. 

Students may also undertake an academic placement, through which they will learn how to apply the knowledge and skills gained in studying for this module in a professional context outside the University.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 15 13
Tutorials 2
Project Supervision 1
Guided independent study 85 84
Total hours by term 101.00 99.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 40
Project output other than dissertation 40
Set exercise 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Essay 2,500 – 3,000 words 40%

Video commentary 40%

Class test 20%

One piece of assessment worth no more than 50% of the module mark can be replaced by a report produced after an academic placement. The placement must be agreed in advance by the module convenor; the length of the report is to be equivalent to standard departmental practice for coursework. 

Formative assessment methods:


Class test 20%

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    40% overall mark

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment in August, in the event of failure in this module and of failure in degree as a whole. Coursework bearing a confirmed mark of 40% or more can be carried forward; all other coursework must be resubmitted by 12 NOON on the third Friday of August or, if the University is closed on the third Friday of August, by 12 NOON on the first working day thereafter.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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