Reading Film and Television

Module code: HA1007 

Module co-ordinator: Professor James Chapman

This is an introductory core module for Film Studies students. It introduces and develops the skills of textual analysis involved in ‘reading’ a feature film or television programme, focusing on narrative, genre, mise-en-scene and visual style. The module is split between an introduction to how we can ‘read’ a range of films and television programmes, exploring the differences between these screen media as well as the techniques that can be applied to analyzing both.

Amongst the films studied are:

  • Rear Window
  • The Searchers
  • Citizen Kane
  • La Grande Illusion
  • Brief Encounter

Teaching and Learning Methods

The module will be taught by a combination of lectures, film screenings, seminars and guided independent study.

Assessment Methods

  • 2 x 2,000 word coursework essay, each essay worth (50%)