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FM4102 Film and Politics

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:12.00 noon - 2.00 pm Tue (Screenings: 4.30 pm - 8.00 pm Thu)

Lenin famously called cinema "the most important art," and since at least the 1920s, filmmakers and theorists have explored the politics of cinema and cinema's potential as politics. Students in this module shall explore the relationship between cinema and politics by studying the theory and practice of political filmmaking. Historical readings and political writings will be assigned so that the students will have a greater understanding of the context in which the films and accompanying theory were produced. Topics examined typically include, but will not be limited to, cinema in post-revolutionary Russia and Cuba, postcolonial cinema in Africa and Asia, Third Cinema, Weimar cinema and the Frankfurt School, and new forms of resistance using digital media. For 2017/18, the module will explore the work of filmmaker-theorists from around the globe to examine the relationship between theory and practice.  All readings will be by the filmmakers whose films will be screened.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for Film Studies

UG Pre-requisite(s):FM2001 and FM2002 – with passes at 11 or better in both

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2-hour seminar plus screening (of up to 3 hours).
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 50
  • Guided independent study: 250

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:Take Home Examination (48-hour slot) = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr D Hanlon
Module teaching staff:Dr D Hanlon