FS10070 Doing Film History

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module introduces key moments in film history up to 1980. It covers major film movements (including German expressionism, Italian neorealism, the French new wave, and Third Cinema) and national cinemas including Hollywood cinema as well as cinemas from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. In addition to surveying landmarks in global film history, it also introduces methodologies of film history—how we, as researchers and as film studies students, do film history—covering a range of different approaches such as histories of film style, film technology, film culture, and film industries, and reflecting on how film history has been constructed, what’s been excluded or privileged and why, as well as situating film in relation to major historical events of the twentieth century. Finally, it emphasises research and scholarship skills that will be useful throughout your study of film.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

• Knowledge and understanding of key moments in film history
• Knowledge and understanding of different approaches to film history
• Ability to critically assess film history secondary literature
• Ability to employ research skills, including the identification of appropriate print and electronic sources
• Ability to organise and clearly communicate a coherent film historical argument in writing

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning










Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
lecture, group discussion 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: annotated bibliography Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: final essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: class participation and contribution Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: primary source exercise Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Name Role
Aoife Fealy Tutor
Ms Chloe Power Tutor