SLL40390 European Film Analysis

Academic Year 2023/2024

In this module we will be focusing on some of the most significant theoretical and analytical approaches in film studies, ranging from early film theory to psychoanalysis, gender and postcolonialism. The weekly lecture-seminars will explore the main tenets of a range of theoretical perspectives through their application to some of the most exciting films made in post-war and contemporary Europe. Preparation for the lecture-seminars involves a weekly film viewing and reading programme. In this module students will learn how to analyse films from a variety of technical and theoretical viewpoints and to appreciate how the analysis of cinema is continually evolving. The core films we will focus on in 2023–24 are from Italy and France.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this module will:
• Have become familiar with a range of major theoretical debates in cinema
• Have developed a solid knowledge of the main concerns of modern and contemporary Italian and French cinema
• Have become aware of the main issues surrounding the role of cinema in post-war Italian and French culture and society
• Have gained the ability to write convincingly about cinema at an academic level and developed basic skills in presentation.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Weekly lecture-seminars including teacher presentation and student participation, based on a weekly programme of viewing and reading. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

BA studies or equivalent.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Essay: 4000-word analytic essay expected to include discussion of 3 to 5 films. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Presentation: Pre-recorded e-presentation of 10 minutes. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No



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

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Advice on assessment tasks will be available in advance and feedback available post-assessment.