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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MODL3026 Contemporary German Cinema

20 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Chris Homewood

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module examines German Cinema since 2000, a period when the nation's filmmakers have enjoyed particular success at home and abroad. Students will look at a range of representative films in order to examine the state of the German film industry, along with the ways in which contemporary cinema reflects broader cultural, social and political debates.


This module aims to:

- introduce students to a range of contemporary German films
- create awareness of key shifts and tensions within contemporary German film culture
- teach students how these shifts relate to broader cultural and social developments

Learning outcomes
1. demonstrate knowledge of contemporary German cinema
2. engage critically with current debates surrounding the German film industry and the films it produces
3. analyse a range of filmic texts in their cultural context
4. demonstrate advanced cultural analysis through broad secondary reading and close textual analysis
5. demonstrate an understanding of the principles of academic ‘originality’
6. present a structured argument, using appropriate concepts and terminology in German Film Studies


The module begins with an examination of the state of the contemporary German film industry before moving to a series of case studies, which may include: heritage cinema; art cinema / the Berlin School; contemporary Heimat film. Themes covered are likely to include filmic engagements with Germany’s past (Nazism, the GDR, terrorism) and its legacy in the present, the socio-political reality of Germany’s present, and speculations about Germany’s future. The module will also consider how Germany’s national film industry relates to broader trends in European and World Cinemas by exploring the growing role of transnationalism.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Film Screenings102.0020.00
Private study hours160.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Complete weekly reading and seminar preparation ( 8 hrs per week)
Research and complete critical film commentary (30 hrs)
Research and complete essay (40 hours)
Prepare formative small group presentations (10 hrs)
Prepare formative small group presentations

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored on a regular basis via classroom participation, monitored group discussion and prepared presentations (formative).

Students will receive additional feedback and support when planning their assessments. The feedback from the first essay (critical film analysis) and the seminar presentations will also be formulated to assist with writing the larger end-of-module essay.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 words60.00
AssignmentCritical film commentary - 2,000 words40.00
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: 30/04/2019


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