SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHP322855
Module Leader Catriona Miller
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Media and Journalism
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Media Analysis 1

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to understand a range of film theories, to critically evaluate its development as an academic discipline and apply it to a variety of film texts. The first part if the course will concentrate on a firm grounding in the foundations of film theory (semiotics, Freud and Marx) featuring case studies based around named film texts. The second part of the module will explore the challenges of post-modernism and the work of a variety of post-modern writers will be applied to film, such as Derrida, Baudrillard and Zizek.


The syllabus will consider a selection of the key themes and intellectual trends from the field of film theory, such as: -360b7 Foundations of film theory - semiotics, Marxism and Freud b7 Freud & Lacan and the gaze b7 Feminist revisions of Freud, post Lacan b7 Derrida and the open text b7 Baudrillard and hyper-reality b7 Jung and the third image b7 Zizek

Learning Outcomes

1 Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1 Understand the functioning of film as a text at an advanced theoretical level.2 Engage critically with a range of major writings on film theory.3 Develop a detailed knowledge of the major debates and intellectual threads within the field.4 Place film theories themselves within their cultural and historical contexts.5 Apply a range of advanced theoretical approaches to film texts.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

-360b7 Lectures b7 Screenings b7 Student-led seminars b7 Small tutorials for specific assignments

Indicative Reading

-567 Books and articles: -360b7 Barker, J (2009) The Tactile Eye: Touch and the Cinematic Experience , University of California Press b7 Baudrillard, J (1994) Simulacra & Simulation University of Michigan b7 Bordwell & Carroll (1996) Post-Theory: Reconstructing Film Studies , University of Wisconsin Press; b7 Bordwell, Staiger, & Thompson (1988) The Classical Hollywood Cinema , Routledge b7 Deleuze & Guattari (1984) Anti-Oedipus , The Athlone Press b7 Elsaesser, T (2010) Film Theory: An Introduction Through the Senses , Routledge b7 Flisfeder, Matthew (2012) T he Symbolic, the Sublime and Slavoj Zizek's Theory of Film , Palgrave Macmillan b7 Hauke, C & Hockley, L (2012) Jung and Film II. The Return , Routledge b7 Hockley, Luke (2013) Somatic Cinema: The Relationship Between Body and Screen , Routledge b7 Landy, M (1994) Film, Politics & Gramsci University of Minnesota Press b7 Laplanche, J & Pontalis, J (2012) The Language of Psychoanalysis , Karnac Books b7 Lapsley & Westlake (2006) Film Theory: An Introduction , Manchester University Press b7 McGowan & Kunkle (2004) Lacan and Contemporary Film , The Other Press b7 Metz, C (1974) Film Language: A Semiotics of the Cinema , Mouton b7 Royle, N (2013) Jacques Derrida, Routledge b7 Wayne, M (2005) Understanding Film: Marxist Perspectives University of Michigan Press. -567 -567 Online sources: <> <> <> <>

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 self-discipline b7 self confidence 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
Tutorials 4.00
Practicals 33.00
Assessment 18.00
Lectures 11.00
Independent Learning Hours 123.00
Seminars 11.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Essay n/a 35.00 n/a Essay (2,500)
Essay n/a 35.00 n/a Essay (2,500)
Student led Seminar n/a 30.00 n/a Student Led Seminar