Film Histories - FILM3160

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 4 30 (15) Maurizio 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.


Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Essay 1 (1000 words) (25%)
Critique (1500 words) (35%)
Essay 2 (2500 words) (40%).

Reassessment methods:
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Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

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

1 reflect upon the historiography of film;
2 understand how to explore the history of the development of film scholarship;
3 study secondary source material;
4 be capable of evaluating aesthetic, technological, economic, and social approaches to the history of film in various national contexts;
5 understand how to investigate the contextual study of film in relation to the textual study of film;
6 research one particular aspect of film history;
7 demonstrate basic research skills in relation to primary sources;
8 understand the differences between primary and secondary sources.

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

1 communicate effectively key ideas and arguments in both a written form using appropriate vocabulary;
2 demonstrate developed written communication skills;
3 develop the skills of carrying out independent research and reflect on their own learning;
4 critically read a range of secondary texts with some degree of evaluative judgments on the approaches studied;
5 locate and use appropriately a range of learning and reference resources within the Library and online.


  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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