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2015/16 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MODL3500 Francophone Cinema - Postcolonial Images

20 creditsClass Size: 5

Module manager: Dr Kamal Salhi

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2015/16

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of Level 2 French or equivalent

This module is mutually exclusive with

FREN3611Francophone Cinema - Postcolonial Images

Module replaces

Francophone Cinema FREN315101

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is a critical study of Francophone, postcolonial film and documentary. It introduces the visual and verbal representations of the North and sub-Saharan Africa created by film makers in the French-speaking world. It teaches topics composed of multiple realities, past and present, involving France and its (former) colonies and cinematic discourses that have been and are being produced about these realities.


On completion of this module, students should have extended their knowledge of:
- the wealth and diversity of Francophone Cinema with a focus on North and Sub-Saharan Africa,
- the specific significance of film as an aspect of colonial and post-colonial culture in the light of post-independence Franco-African relations, and
- the generic demands of the aesthetics of film.

Skills outcomes
Communication, Organisation, Research, Language, film and cultural analysis


The module provides an insight into the Francophone cultures of North and Sub-Saharan Africa through an examination of the specific qualities of their cinema as an art and an expression closely bound to contemporary cultural developments and social/political conflicts.

The module begins with the study of film aesthetics, followed by a survey of the features which characterise Francophone cinema. It moves on to the analysis of films by directors who give their own representation of the Francophone cultures and the images constructed by the Other.

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 Screenings52.0010.00
Group learning42.008.00
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours141.83
Total Contact hours38.17
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- 20 hours seminar preparation
- 40 hours private reading round the subject
- 20 hours preparation for presentation
- 1.50 hours preparation for consultation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Assessed presentation in class. Group work. Reports on fieldwork / film viewing.

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 words50.00
Oral Presentation+ written handouts, 20 mins25.00
Written WorkCritical review of film, 1,500 words25.00
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: 25/03/2011


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