2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
ARTF1026 Cinema and Media History
20 creditsClass Size: 60
Module manager: John Mowitt
Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Module replacesARTF1024 Film and History
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryBy the end of this module students will understand cinema as a medium of artistic and commercial expression. They will be able to situate this medium in the history and geography of other related media- print (the novel), photography, radio, television and the internet- and understand how such media, as forms of content, shape our experience of history. Indeed, how they mediate our relation, at once practical and theoretical, with the world.
ObjectivesFor students to understand the cinema as a medium of artistic and commercial expression. To situate this medium in the history and geography of other related media- print (the novel), photography, radio, television and the internet- and to understand how such media, as forms of content, shape our experience of history. Indeed, how they mediate our relation, at once practical and theoretical, with the world.
Awareness of the cinema as an apparatus and an institution of cultural production. Familiarity with the intersections among verbal, sonic and visual media, that comprise the history and structure of cinema. Facility with the analytical techniques necessary to the study (as opposed to the appreciation) of the cinema as a medium of artistic and commercial expression. Competence in thinking globally and acting locally.
Critical literacy in working with verbal, sonic and visual media.
Week one: the media before "the media." Reading, S. Zielinsky's "After the Media."
Week two: the cinema and technical reproducibility. Reading, W. Benjamin's "The Work of Art in the Age of its Technical Reproducibility" and "The Storyteller."
Week three: visually mediated community. Reading, B. Anderson’s "Imagined Communities."
Week four: photographic memory. Reading, S. Sontag’s "On Photography" and R. Barthes's, "Camera Lucida."
Week five: feeling for others. Reading, L. Hunt's "Inventing Human Rights."
Week six: media literacy. Reading, S. Eisenstein's "Tolstoy, Dickens, Griffith" and O. Sembene, "Night School."
Week seven: channelling literacy. Reading, Wells/Welles' "War of the Worlds" (novel and radio play).
Week eight: filming history. Reading, M. Ferro's "Film and History."
Week nine: historicising film. Reading, J. Beller's "Acquiring Eyes or The Cinematic Mode of Production."
Week ten: mediating the global. Reading, H. Jenkins "Convergence Culture."
Additionally, several relevant films or broadcasts will be presented and analysed.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||150.00|
|Total Contact hours||50.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackAttendance monitoring.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Dossier resit would be an alternative assessment to be set by the module leader
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 01/10/2019
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