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MODL2030 Introduction to German Cinema

20 creditsClass Size: 14

Module manager: Dr Chris Homewood

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is mutually exclusive with

MODL2031Introduction to German Cinema

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module will explore the pivotal role cinema has had since in German culture since its invention, and you will be encouraged to examine films both as aesthetic and as historical documents. Throughout the module you will be introduced to how one 'reads' a film, as well as the cultural and political debates surrounding cinema's development in Germany. Knowledge of the German language is not required.


The aim of this module is to:

- introduce students to German cinema
- create awareness of key shifts in German film culture
- teach students how these shifts relate to broader cultural and social developments

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of debates surrounding the German film industry and the films it produces
- demonstrate an awareness of socio-political and cinematic developments in the twentieth century and beyond
- construct coherent written and oral arguments about the stylistic and cultural features of single films

Skills outcomes
- demonstrate some knowledge of the critical terminology relevant to film
- conduct basic analysis of single films
- use technical vocabulary specific to film
- recognise a range of cinematic techniques from a variety of periods
- construct coherent written and oral arguments about the stylistic and cultural features of single films.


The module will introduce you to key moments and movements in German film history. The first semester looks at filmmaking during the first half of the twentieth century and the second semester at filmmaking post-1950. Topics will usually include Weimar cinema, New German Cinema, and post-Wall cinema, but they may change from year to year.

Teaching methods

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

Private study

Alongside the films, weekly introductory and text-specific reading will be set, which should also be prepared in advance to set the agenda for discussion.
Students will also spend time preparing for and writing the clip analysis essay, the second essay and the poster presentation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored on a regular basis via classroom participation, monitored group discussion and prepared presentations.
Students will receive additional feedback and support when planning their assessments. The feedback from the clip analysis/literature review and from the presentations will also be formulated to assist with writing the essay.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,500 words50.00
Project1,500 word clip analysis or 1,500 word literature review depending on programme pathway30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

NB: the first assessment is tailored to the different programme needs. In brief, Film students will complete a literature review, whereas German students will complete a clip analysis.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 24/04/2018


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