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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FREN3751 Gender, Sex and Cinema in France

20 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Dr Claire Lozier
Email: C.A.Lozier@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Completion of Level 2 French or equivalent

Module replaces

FREN3410 Love Stories- Gender and French Film

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

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. - 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.

Objectives

On 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.

Skills outcomes
- 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.


Syllabus

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.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Seminar1020.0020.00
Tutorial10.500.50
Private study hours179.50
Total Contact hours20.50
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


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 words70.00
Oral Presentation10 mins10.00
Practicalcommentary on extract20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 08/05/2019

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