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FM4106   War and Cinema

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: Both

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: TBC (seminars), 5.00 pm - 8.00 pm Thur (screenings)

The war film is one of the great modes of cinematic expression, with outstanding examples of the genre stretching from the early silent period to the contemporary era. In this module, we will explore the chronological history of the War Film, beginning with reenactments and actualities from the Spanish-American War, proceeding through treatments of World War I such as All Quiet on the Western Front, and continuing with films such as Apocalypse Now, Waltz with Bashir, and The Hurt Locker. Students will gain knowledge and awareness of the links between the history of cinema and the development of optical weaponry, the different ways the body of the soldier has been represented in war, and the shaping of cultural memory in film.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass FM2001 and pass FM2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2-hour seminar plus screening (up to 3 hours).

Scheduled learning hours: 55

Guided independent study hours: 245

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator: Professor R J Burgoyne
Module teaching staff: Dr T Rice, Dr T Parks, Dr Z Shacklock