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FM1002 Film History and Historiography

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 7
Planned timetable:3.00 pm Mon and Thu, Screening TBC

This module introduces key movements and moments in film history across the first fifty years of film. Students will first examine the major formal, technological, and industrial transformations from cinema's beginnings in the 1890s up to the conversion to sound in the late 1920s. How were films made, exhibited and understood and why did cinema evolve in the ways that it did? Throughout the module, we will examine film history in a global context, exploring international developments in Germany, Soviet Russia, Britain, Japan and Italy. Students will be encouraged to engage with primary materials and to examine critically the methods and approaches for writing and researching film. What can we learn from studying film and how does studying film history help us to better understand cinema and new media today?

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for Film Studies

UG Pre-requisite(s):FM1001
UG Modules required for:FM2001

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2 x 1-hour lectures, a 1-hour seminar and screening (typically 2 hours)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 55
  • Guided independent study: 145

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr T Rice
Module teaching staff:Dr J O'Meara, Dr M Cowan, Dr T Rice, Dr A Jain, Dr E Girelli