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FM2002 Film Culture, Theory, Entertainment

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 8
Planned timetable:3.00 pm Tue and Fri, 7.00 - 10.00 pm Tue (screening)

This module introduces a range of political, philosophical, and cultural approaches to the cinema, centring on the key insights, the breakthrough critical ideas that have informed the study of film and its role in society. The cinema - as a new and revolutionary art form - attracted many of the most powerful thinkers of the 20th century. And with every technological advance in film - including sound, colour, and computer animation - new theories of "what is cinema" emerged, creating a rich and highly concentrated intellectual exchange in a short period of time. These writings comprise the subject of this module.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for Film Studies

UG Pre-requisite(s):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 P Flaig
Module teaching staff:Dr P Flaig, Dr M Cowan, Dr L Torchin, Dr P Lovatt