Post-1989 German Cinema - GRMN3280
Module delivery information
This module is not currently running in 2023 to 2024.
The fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 led to fundamental cultural and political re-alignments in German-speaking countries, unleashing a wave of cultural comment and creative activity. The 1990s and early twenty-first century saw a revitalisation of the film scene in both Germany and Austria, evident not only in highly acclaimed niche productions but also in a series of international box-office hits. This module will explore the themes and styles of 'post-Wende' German-language cinema, focusing on representations of the past and the phenomenon of ‘Ostalgie’; multiculturalism and migration; the transformation of Berlin post-1989; and the documentary turn in German and Austrian film since 2000.
Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150
Method of assessment
Main assessment methods
Film Review (1,000 words) – 40%
Critical Essay (2,000 words) – 60%
Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework
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The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate knowledge a representative selection of contemporary films that give nuanced and critical perspectives on German-language culture and history;
2 Demonstrate knowledge of the basics of film theory and cinema history as relevant to German-language culture;
3 Demonstrate knowledge of spoken German in a variety of registers and accents.
The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Interpret and evaluate information critically, having synthesised it from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of the subject
2 Formulate original opinions in a self-critical manner on the basis of sound factual knowledge and from a balanced perspective;
3 Demonstrate an array of research and study techniques, including note-taking, library and bibliographical skills, use of the internet, and the accessing of source materials;
4 Work independently and creatively, to manage their time and workloads effectively.
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