2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
ARTF3173 Movies, Migrants and Diasporas
20 creditsClass Size: 18
Module manager: Dr Claudia Sternberg
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
Pre-requisite qualificationsStudents are expected to come equipped with research and essay writing skills appropriate to Level Three of undergraduate study. They should have experience in the analysis of cinematic texts or other cultural artefacts/practices. They should have worked with theoretical texts on culture, film, literature or art and should have had some encounters with cultural diversity in their studies or elsewhere.
Module replacesCULT3009 Black and Asian British Film
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module is dedicated to migration and diaspora in Europe as reflected in the cinema. It introduces students to the work of filmmakers with, for example, German Turkish, Black or Asian British, Maghrebi French, Roma or Jewish backgrounds, productions made by transnational Eastern European practitioners and films about migration and diaspora created by non-migrant/diasporic writers and directors.
ObjectivesThis module is dedicated to migration and diaspora in Europe as reflected in the cinema. It introduces students to the work of filmmakers with, for example, German Turkish, Black or Asian British, Maghrebi French, Roma or Jewish backgrounds, productions made by transnational Eastern European practitioners and films about migration and diaspora created by non-migrant/diasporic writers and directors. The module situates cultural (film) analysis – as introduced and practised at Levels One and Two – within the wider field of postcolonial studies and diaspora criticism. The guided engagement with a selection of theoretical texts and relevant films enables students to recognise and discuss analytically the relationship between the (popular) representation of migrant and diasporic experiences and the socio-political discourses of ethnicity, ‘race’, immigration, national identity and cultural diversity. The module encourages reflection on the students’ own position in and vis-à-vis Europe. The module is informed by the module leader’s research in this field (see www.migrantcinema.net).
The module is informed by the module leader’s research in this field (see www.migrantcinema.net).
Upon completion of this module, students will be able to -
- identify narrative films about migration and diaspora in Europe and distinguish between different approaches to the representation of multicultural and multilingual Europe
- They will be able to find and process information about social and historical contexts
- Analyse a film of their choice with recourse to the theoretical texts discussed in this and previously attended modules
- Discuss and write about the audiovisual representation of migrants and diasporic subjects in a culturally sensitive, analytically acute and theoretically informed manner.
The module invites students to influence the syllabus and direction of the module by drawing on and presenting – through digital storytelling –their own background, special interests and/or knowledge.
Introduction to digital storytelling
Introduction to film review writing
While the module is primarily concerned with filmic representations, it nevertheless refers to the social realities of migrant and diasporic communities in contemporary Europe. These have become so diverse and manifold that a comprehensive coverage is not possible. The module is therefore designed to draw on the interests, backgrounds, language skills and specific cultural knowledge of participating students. Participants will be asked to present a digital self-portrait and, if possible, the syllabus will be customised (choice of films and central themes) in response to these portraits.
Indicative areas to be covered in this module are: Migration, Diaspora and the Cinema; Old and New Diasporas; From National to Transnational Cinema; The Multicultural City; Gender and Generation; 'Race,' Ethnicity and Identity; Music and Youth Films; Interethnic Romance and other Crosscultural Encounters; Undocumented Migrants and Labour in 'Fortress Europe;' Queering the Diaspora; The 'Mythical Return' and other Journeys; Europe's Internal 'Others.'
The module will consist of short lecture parts, film screenings and interactive seminars.
|Independent online learning hours
|Private study hours
|Total Contact hours
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)
Private studyStudents prepare a digital self-portrait introduce themselves and their background with special reference to migration and mobility. Private study time is also dedicated to module readings, additional screenings and writing the assessed essay.
Prior to the teaching period, students enrolled in the module will be directed to online tutorials about digital storytelling (including introduction to and case studies of the genre, use of respective image software, e.g. Photo Story 3 or Moviemaker, and the recording of sound, e.g. Audacity). All tutorials and software packages are free of charge.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackThe module leader is available in office hours and by appointment to address any individual queries.
Methods of assessment
|% of formal assessment
|Digital self-portrait (3 mins)
|Film review - 800-1000 words
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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