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2006/07 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL3877 Introduction to Postcolonial Cinema

20 creditsClass Size: 20

English

Module manager: Professor Graham Huggan

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2006/07

This module is not approved as an Elective

Objectives

To provide students with critical skills for the examination of cinema as a complex aesthetic medium, and to develop their understanding of how cinema can be used in the analysis of contemporary cultural debates. To expose the students to examples of cinema from three major postcolonial cinematic traditions: Africa (particularly West Africa), South Asia (particularly India), and contemporary multicultural Britain.

Skills outcomes
Skills for effective communication, oral and written.
Capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse.
Ability to acquire quantities of complex information of diverse kinds in a structured and systematic way.
Capacity for independent thought and judgement.
Critical reasoning.
Research skills, including information retrieval skills, the organisation of material, and the evaluation of its importance.
IT skills.
Time management and organisational skills.
Independent learning.
Skills for effective communication, oral and written.
Capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse.
Ability to acquire quantities of complex information of diverse kinds in a structured and systematic way.
Capacity for independent thought and judgement.
Critical reasoning.
Research skills, including information retrieval skills, the organisation of material, and the evaluation of its importance.
IT skills.
Time management and organisational skills.
Independent learning.


Syllabus

This module will look briefly at three major postcolonial cinematic traditions: those of Africa (particularly West Africa), South Asia (particularly India) and contemporary 'multicultural' Britain. We will examine cinema both as a complex aesthetic medium and as a valuable tool for the analysis of contemporary cultural debates.

Teaching methods

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

10 x 1 hour seminars


Up to 5 additional hours (content to be determined by module tutor)


Film screenings

Private study

185 hous

Reading, seminar preparation and essay writing

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Seminar contribution

1 x 1700 word unassessed essay (Week 7)

Methods of assessment

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

1 x 4000 word essay (100%) (Week 12)

This essay will be assessed only if the unassessed essay requirement has been met.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 26/02/2007

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