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MODL3055 Current Enquiries into Film Studies

20 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Vlad Strukov

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces

MODL3230 Cinema in the Digital Era

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Current Enquiries into Film Studies introduces students to the latest critical approaches and thought in the discipline. Drawing on a variety of local and national cinemas, the module looks at, and aims to develop your understanding of, current debates that are being developed by researchers at Leeds and elsewhere. A team-taught module, you will benefit from the expertise of a range of staff from the Centre for World Cinemas. The module is assessed by a literature review and an end of module essay.


This module aims to extend students’ knowledge of film theory by interrogating the field of film studies in the 21st century digital, post-celluloid era. It also aims to advance students’ understanding of current developments in, and critical approaches to world cinemas , focusing on transformations in film and film industries in the twenty-first century. The module also enables students to identify areas of current research that should complement the development of their Final Year Projects. A team-taught module, Current Enquiries into Film Studies features contributions from a variety of staff in the Centre for World cinemas and invites students to apply the core skills developed at levels 1 and 2 to a range of cutting-edge case studies.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this module, students should be able to:

1) demonstrate an awareness of the latest debates in the field of film studies
2) demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of concepts, information and methodologies at the forefront of the discipline
3) critically and creatively evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in the discipline
4) conduct advanced film analysis in relation to new and emerging ideas

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
• conduct advanced independent research pertaining to the issues raised by the module
• conduct in-depth analysis of one or more films in relation to broader conceptual issues
• make use of technical film vocabulary
• develop their own research-based knowledge about world cinemas


Students will be introduced to the latest critical approaches and thought that underpins recent discussions in each of the selected topics, and the field of world cinemas more broadly. The module will expose students to current debates in film studies by drawing on examples from a variety of local and national cinemas, and their transnational and global articulations. Students will benefit from the expertise of the staff of the Centre for World Cinemas working on a number of innovative research projects. The module will consist of seminars that will enable the students to develop their understanding of film.

Teaching methods

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

In addition to viewing films, students will be required to: complete weekly reading and seminar preparation; prepare small group presentations; prepare for and then complete the two assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored on a regular basis via classroom participation and monitored group discussion.

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

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 words or 8-10 minute video essay.70.00
Literature Review2,000 words30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The essay (70% of the module mark) may take the form of a standard essay (3,000-words). It may also take the form of a video essay (8-10 minutes).

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:23:57


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