Film Histories - FI316

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 4 30 (15) DR M Cinquegrani checkmark-circle


This course examines film history and historiography through a series of case studies. In carrying out this investigation students will be invited to work with secondary and primary sources held in the library and will be encouraged to evaluate the aesthetic, technological, economic, social and political histories presented in this module. Students will understand the role and value of the contextual study of film and will be given the opportunity to research and write on selected aspects of film historiography. The choice of case studies will depend upon the expertise of the module convenor and is not restricted to a particular national cinema or period; case studies may include, for instance, the history of film by means of the study of a particular theme and cultural context in the history of film.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 44
Private study hours: 256
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Essay 1 (1000 words) (25%)
Critique (1500 words) (35%)
Essay 2 (2500 words) (40%).

Indicative reading

Bordwell, D., and K. Thompson, 1994. Film History: An Introduction. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Burch, N., 1990. Life to Those Shadows. London: BFI Publishing.
Grainge, Paul et al (eds.), 2007. Film Histories: an Introduction and Reader. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Hill, J., and K. Rockett, eds., 2005. Film History and National Cinema, Dublin: Four Courts.
Toulmin, V., 2006. Electric Edwardians: the Story of the Mitchell & Kenyon Collection. London: BFI Publishing.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- reflect upon the historiography of film;
- understand how to explore the history of the development of film scholarship;
- study secondary source material;
- be capable of evaluating aesthetic, technological, economic, and social approaches to the history of film in various national contexts;
- understand how to investigate the contextual study of film in relation to the textual study of film;
- research one particular aspect of film history;
- demonstrate basic research skills in relation to primary sources;
- understand the differences between primary and secondary sources.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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