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FM4113   Ecocinema: The Nature of Film

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: TBC (Seminars), 5.00 pm - 8.00 pm Thu (mavsscreenings)

This Honours module explores cinema's relationship to the natural environment through a combination of historical, textual, and theoretical analysis. Students will study the history of film's reliance upon both natural materials and technologies. They will consider how the environment has been represented in a range of films, including natural history films, environmentalist documentaries, art and experimental films, and popular genre films, from Hollywood westerns to science fiction and apocalypse films. And they will study the role of nature, landscape, and the environment in film theory. Specific films and theories will vary from semester to semester. For further details on the specific focus of the module for the current semester, contact the Department of Film Studies.

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 and a 3-hour screening

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: Take Home Examination (48 hour slot) = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr L Donaldson, Dr P Flaig, Dr P Lovatt