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FM4116 Stars

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Tue (Screenings: 4.30 pm - 8.00 pm Tue)

This module approaches stardom as one of the most exciting, complex, and crucial components of the filmic experience, exploring its aesthetic, cultural, ideological, and industrial sides. Students will be introduced to key theoretical frameworks in Star Studies, and to a representative range of stars. Topics may include the beginning of the star system and the emergence of film fandom, the conflictive meanings of star images, audience desire and star cults, the relation of stars to social representations and politics, and to gender and sexuality. Stars covered may include Rudolph Valentino, Leslie Cheung, Sophia Loren, Will Smith, Greta Garbo, Amitabh Bachchan, and Dirk Bogarde. Students will have the opportunity to research and write on a star of their choice. Please Note: the required viewing for this module is two films per week.

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


Optional for Film Studies Postgraduate Programme

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2-hour seminar plus screening (up to 4 hours).
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 66
  • Guided independent study: 234

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%
Postgraduate Assessment :Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr E Girelli
Module teaching staff:Dr E Girelli