Women in Cinema

Module code: HA3030
Module co-ordinator: Professor James Chapman

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this final year module students should be able to:

  • Assess the history and current status of women as film-makers and film stars, from the 1910s to the present, in the British and US film industries as well as international cinema movements, such as the French New Wave
  • Employ and evaluate theories of representation and spectatorship in the analysis of a range of films from the work of early pioneers such as Alice Guy to contemporary directors such as Kathryn Bigelow, and from the melodramas and 'women's pictures' of the 1940s to those featuring action heroines past and present
  • Assess the importance of the economics and organisation of cinema as a global industry for women behind and in front of the camera
  • Demonstrate this understanding and these skills in a sequence analysis and an essay


The teaching for this module will be through lectures, screenings and seminars. Each week, there will be a formal, structured lecture followed by a screening. Seminars will offer the opportunity to further discuss the screening, concepts and theories given in the lecture.

  • 10 hours of seminars
  • 30 hours of screenings
  • 110 hours of guided independent study


  • Extract Analysis, 1,500 words (35%)
  • Essay, 3,500 words (65%)