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MO4959   British Cinema History (1920 - 1960)

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 60

ECTS credits : 30

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: Full Year

Availability restrictions: Available only to students in the second year of the Honours Programme.

Planned timetable: See

This module will examine the relationship between film and British society, from the 1920s to the 1960s. It explores the significance of film as a critical medium of cultural communication through which ideas, values, and understandings of contemporary society and of 'history'; are expressed, mediated and shaped. We will ask how films construct the world they seek to represent. The films used will address critical issues and problems that have shaped Twentieth Century British society and culture: national identity, politics and political leadership, social class and mobility, gender roles, race and major historical events such as the Depression, World War II and the growth of the Welfare State.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 3-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 66

Guided independent study hours: 534

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2 x 3-hour Written Examinations = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 7%
Coursework: 33%

Re-assessment: New Coursework: 1 x source exercise (2,000 - 2,500 words) and 1 x 4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr J J Nott