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ARTF1026 Cinema and Media History

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: John Mowitt
Email: j.Mowitt@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Module replaces

ARTF1024 Film and History

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

By 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.

Objectives

For 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.

Learning outcomes
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.

Skills outcomes
Critical literacy in working with verbal, sonic and visual media.


Syllabus

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.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Film Screenings102.0020.00
Lectures102.0020.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours150.00
Total Contact hours50.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance monitoring.
Mid-semester assignment.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentDossier20.00
Assignment1000 words40.00
Assignment2000 words40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Dossier resit would be an alternative assessment to be set by the module leader

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 01/10/2019

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