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2009/10 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL3367 British New Wave Cinema

20 creditsClass Size: 30


Module manager: Dr Tracy Hargreaves

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2009/10

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module students will be able to apply critical, theoretical and historically and culturally contextual approaches to British New Wave Cinema. They should be able to identify and apply key visual tropes and aesthetics of this cinema, understand and apply aspects of adaptation theory, have the ability to read British film within the contexts of 1950s and 1960s British literary and social culture and have some introductory knowledge of the literary and dramatic texts the films are drawn from.

Learning outcomes
Students will have developed:
the ability to use written and oral communication effectively;
the capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse;
the ability to manage quantities of complex information in a structured and systematic way;
the capacity for independent thought and judgement;
critical reasoning;
research skills, including the retrieval of information, the organisation of material and the evaluation of its importance;
IT skills;
efficient time management and organisation skills;
the ability to learn independently.

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.


British New Wave Cinema, sometimes referred to as `kitchen sink drama', flourished from the late 1950s to the early 1960s; the films, adapted from novels and plays of the period, were regarded as new and more fully representative engagements with contemporary British life. Filmed in black and white and on location rather than in the studio, they documented the shifting culture and landscape (mostly northern and midlands) of mid-century Britain. The films engaged with working-class identity, shifts in social class, the family, ethnicity, pre-marital sex, sexuality, work and popular culture. In addition to exploring these social and cultural changes, the module will also pay attention to the implications and effects of literary adaptation as well as to the cinematographic quality of the films which carry such a distinctive aesthetic. No previous knowledge of film studies is required.

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
Private study hours185.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Teaching will be through weekly seminars (10 x 1 hour) plus up to 5 additional hours (content to be determined by the module tutor). The 5 additional hours will include lectures on trends and traditions in British Cinema from the 1930s to Free Cinema and the New Wave, New Wave Cinema, Adaptation Theory.

Private Study: Reading, seminar preparation and essay writing.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contribution to seminars
1 x 1700 word unassessed essay (submitted in Week 7 of the semester)

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
Essay4,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

One unassessed essay of 1700 words is required. This does not form part of the assessment for this module, but is a requirement and MUST be submitted. Students who fail to submit the unassessed essay will be awarded a maximum mark of 40 for the module (a bare Pass).

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/07/2010


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