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FM4116   Stars

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: TBC

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.

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 4 hours).

Scheduled learning hours: 66

Guided independent study hours: 234

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 coordinator: Dr Z R Shacklock
Module teaching staff: TBC