SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3P325446
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 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, for example, German cinema, Russian Cinema, French Cinema, British and Spanish Cinemas, using key directors and historical moments as exemplars and case studies.


This module will cover a selection of the key themes and national film movements, such as: Introduction to key themes (national identity, the place of cinema in cultural histories, the role of key film movements and directors). Soviet cinema, focusing on directors such as Sergei Eisenstein and Andrei Tarkovsky German Cinema, Expressionism and New German Cinema British Fantasy Cinema, focusing on directors such as Powell and Pressburger, Neil Jordan and Sally Potter British Realist Cinema focusing on directors such as Ken Loach and Mike Leigh Italian Neo-Realism Spanish Cinema before and after Franco French Cinema, before and after 1968 Dogme '95

Learning Outcomes

1 Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:• Develop a detailed knowledge of the history of film, film movements and key directors within Europe.• Engage critically with a range of major writings on film history.• Develop a detailed knowledge of the major debates and intellectual threads within the field.• Place film texts within their cultural and historical contexts.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

1. Lectures 2. Screenings 3. Student-led seminars 4. Small tutorials for specific assignments

Indicative Reading

Allinson, Mark (2000) A Spanish Labyrinth : The Films Of Pedro Almodovar, London, I B Tauris. Atack, Margaret (1999) May 68 in French Fiction and Film: Rethinking Society, Rethinking Representation, Oxford, Oxford University Press. Beumers, Birgit (2007)The Cinema Of Russia & The Former Soviet Union, Wallflower Press. Biltereyst, Daniel, Maltby, Richard & Meers, Philip (2011) Cinema, Audiences and Modernity: New perspectives on European cinema history, London, Routledge. Bordwell, David (2005) The Cinema of Eisenstein,London, Routledge. Christie, Ian & Moor, Andrew (2005) Michael Powell: International Perspectives on an English Film-maker, London, BFI Publishing Corrigan, T. (2014) The Films of Werner Herzog: Between Mirage and History, London, Routledge. Dunne, Nathan (2008) Tarkovsky,Black Dog Publishing. Elder, B. (2015) DADA,Surrealism and the Cinematic Effect, Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Elsaesser, Thomas (2012) Weimar Cinema and After: Germany's Historical Imaginary, Routledge Everett, Wendy (2005) European Identity in Cinema. Intellect Books Ezra, Elizabeth (2003) European Cinema, Oxford University Press Guynn, W. (2010) The Routldge Companion to Film History, London, Routledge. Haaland, Toruun (2012) Italian Neorealist Cinema, Edinburgh University Press Kelly, Richard (2011) The Name of This Book is Dogme 95, Faber & Faber Lay, Samantha (2002) British Social Realism: From Documentary to Brit Grit, Wallflower Press Leigh, Jacob (2002)The Cinema Of Ken Loach: Art in the Service of the People Wallflower Press Press Liz, M. (2016) Euro-Visions: Europe in Contemporary Cinema, London, Bloomsbury Press. McFarlane, Brian (2005) The Cinema Of Britain And Ireland, Wallflower Press Mira, Alberto (2005) The Cinema Of Spain And Portugal Wallflower Press Morrey, Douglas (2005) Jean-Luc Godard, Manchester University Press Whitehead, Tony (2007) Mike Leigh, Manchester University Press Williams, J. S. (2005) Jean Cocteau, Manchester University Press Williams, T. (2014) Germaine Dulac: A Cinema of Sensations, USA, Univeristy of Illinois Press. Vitali, V. & Willemen, P. (2006) Theorising National Cinema, London, BFI Publishing Zucker, C. (2007) The Cinema of Neil Jordan: Dark Carnival, London, Wallflower Press

Transferrable Skills

b7 self-discipline b7 self confidence b7 awareness of strengths and weaknesses b7 knowledge of international affairs b7 ability to reflect b7 desire to go on learning b7 time management b7 interpersonal skills b7 presentational skills b7 ability to work in teams and leadership skills b7 independence and risk taking

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 116.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Tutorials (FT) 4.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Practicals (FT) 36.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 60.00 35% Individual Essay 2000 words WK 14
Coursework 0.00 40.00 35% Group Seminar Presentation