SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3P320712
Module Leader Catriona Miller
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Media and Journalism
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful completion of Level 2 of BAMN or equivalent.

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to enable the student to understand a range of film texts from the last 120 years of European cinema history, to critically evaluate its development and understand the cultural and historical contexts of a range of films, film movements and directors, looking at the interdependent relationship between social context and cinema. The module will examine Russian Cinema, French Cinema, British and Spanish Cinemas, using key directors as exemplars and case studies.


" Introduction to key themes (national identity, the place of cinema in cultural histories, the role of key film movements and directors). " Russian cinema, Sergei Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky " French Cinema, Jean Cocteau, Jean Luc Godard " British Realist Cinema, Ken Loach, Mike Leigh " British Fantasy Cinema, Powell and Pressburger, Danny Boyle, Neil Jordan " Spanish Cinema, Pedro Almod?var

Teaching / Learning Strategy

1. Lectures 2. Screenings 3. Student-led seminars (hence the 30% assessment compared to the usual split of media analysis options). 4. Small tutorials for specific assignments There is a required minimum of 50% attendance at seminars.

Indicative Reading

Vitali, Valentina & Paul Willemen (Editors) Theorising National Cinema (BFI Publishing, 2006); Ezra, Elizabeth (Editor) European Cinema (Oxford University Press, 2003); Everett, Wendy (Editor) European Identity in Cinema (Intellect Books, 2005); Beumers, Birgit (Editor) The Cinema Of Russia & The Former Soviet Union (Wallflower Press, 2007); Bordwell, David The Cinema of Eisenstein (Routledge, 2005); Dunne, Nathan (Editor) Tarkovsky (Black Dog Publishing, 2008); Atack, Margaret May 68 in French Fiction and Film: Rethinking Society, Rethinking Representation (Oxford University Press,1999); Morrey, Douglas Jean-Luc Godard (Manchester University Press, 2005); Williams, James S. Jean Cocteau (Manchester University Press, 2005); McFarlane, Brian (Editor) The Cinema Of Britain And Ireland (Wallflower Press, 2005); Lay, Samantha British Social Realism: From Documentary to Brit Grit (Wallflower Press, 2002); Leigh, Jacob The Cinema Of Ken Loach Art in the Service of the People (Wallflower Press, 2002); Whitehead, Tony Mike Leigh (Manchester University Press, 2007); Christie, Ian & Moor, Andrew (Editors) Michael Powell: International Perspectives on an English Film-maker (BFI Publishing, 2005); Zucker, Carole The Cinema of Neil Jordan: Dark Carnival (Wallflower Press, 2007); Mira, Alberto (Editor) The Cinema Of Spain And Portugal (Wallflower Press, 2005); Allinson, Mark A Spanish Labyrinth : The Films Of Pedro Almod?var (I B Tauris, 2000)

Transferrable Skills

Ability to work showing self-discipline and self direction; ability to perform in a group setting showing a capacity to listen, contribute and lead as appropriate; able to communicate effectively (orally and written); carry out various forms of research for essay and presentation with sustained independent enquiry; deliver work to a given brief and deadline.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Practicals (FT) 36.00
Independent Learning (FT) 118.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Tutorials (FT) 4.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 30.00 35% Presentation
Coursework 0.00 35.00 35% Essay (2500 words)
Coursework 3 0.00 35.00 35% Essay (2500 word)