Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 4 30 (15) Margrethe Bruun Vaage checkmark-circle


This module approaches the "big questions" that have surrounded film and the moving image and puts them into historical context. Although specific topics will vary, representative topics may address competing definitions of film and its constitutive elements, the effects that cinema has on spectators, the social, cultural and political implications that moving images reproduce, and the status of the medium between art and entertainment. Students will debate seminal writings on the nature of film and bring their arguments to bear on exemplary film productions.


Contact hours

Private Study: 267 hours
Contact Hours: 33 hours
Total: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Essay (1500 words, 30%)
Seminar Performance (Presentation, 20%)
Exam (3 hours, 50%)

Reassessment methods:
Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

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The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages:

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Understand major debates of how to conceive of film and how the medium has been distinguished from others;
2 Develop knowledge of underlying concepts on cinema's role in social and political structures;
3 Develop an awareness of how different authors have approached these debates;
4 Evaluate how conceptual engagements can be used productively to shape or substantiate interpretation of films;
5 Demonstrate through coherent and effective expression an understanding and use of appropriate critical and theoretical terminology.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate effective communication of complex concepts using a variety of methods;
2 Organise and deploy specific conceptual and analytical arguments;
3 Organise their private study and library research;
4 Present properly referenced coursework;
5 Manage a workload, work flexibly and independently.


  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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