2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
FREN3751 Gender, Sex and Cinema in France
20 creditsClass Size: 25
Module manager: Dr Claire Lozier
Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Pre-requisite qualificationsCompletion of Level 2 French or equivalent
Module replacesFREN3410 Love Stories- Gender and French Film
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module studies the relationship between gender roles/identities in France, and French cinema, from several perspectives: stardom, film and ideology, gender and genre, film and sexuality. - How have stars (eg Bardot) helped to shape the sense of what masculinity and femininity are? - How has cinema reflected and contributed to changes in definitions of gender? - How central is the love story as a film-narrative? - Can the love-story genre accommodate homo- as well as hetero-sexuality?- Does women's cinema differ from men's cinema? - Through the use of relevant film theory and the discussion of 'case-study' films, the module will explore these questions. There will be lectures where these serve a clear purpose, but the majority of teaching/learning will be through discussion based on student presentations and film extracts.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of a variety of French films within their historical and cultural context
- demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of theories of the relationship between film and gender
- critically analyse a film or film extract demonstrating awareness of the contribution of formal components to meaning
- construct and present a clear, sustained argument on the themes central to the module, individually or through teamwork, in written and oral form.
- Critical/analytical thinking particularly in relation to audiovisual media
- Presentational skills, oral and written
- Language fluency (French)
- Research and clear presentation of findings
- Independent thinking/working and group/collaborative working.
This module studies the relationship between gender roles/identities in France, and French cinema, from several perspectives: stardom, film and ideology, gender and genre, film and sexuality.
- It begins (weeks 1-2) by introducing basic concepts of film 'language' and film and gender theory, put into practice through the close study of a short film.
- Part 1 (weeks 3-5) then focus on the New Wave period, 1950s/early 1960s, exploring the representation of gender in one popular Bardot film and two key New Wave films.
- Part 2 (weeks 6-9) move on to the 1990s/2000s, to study three critically and commercially successful films by women directors, and question the concept of a 'cinéma au féminin'.
There will be lectures where these serve a clear purpose, but the majority of teaching/learning will be through discussion based on student presentations and film extracts.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||179.50|
|Total Contact hours||20.50|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private study- 50 hours seminar preparation including for presentation
- 10 hours working on film commentary
- 70 hours private reading round the subject/film watching
- 20 hours preparation for presentation
- 29.5 hours preparation for essay.
Opportunities for Formative Feedback- Assessed presentation in class - held during teaching weeks 3-9
- 1,000 word commentary on film extract done mid-semester (Reading week).
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Oral Presentation||10 mins||10.00|
|Practical||commentary on extract||20.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 08/05/2019
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