Surrey University Stag


Module code: MFC2045

Module Overview

This module explores the cinema and film making practice of one or more nation, region or community outside of the USA. We will consider the various frameworks and concepts that can help us analyse and understand films within a geographically-specific context by looking at a selection of different films and reading what has been written about them. In the context of the programme as a whole the module will develop an understanding of the variety and adaptability of audiovisual media to different national, social and political conditions and develop knowledge of cinema beyond Hollywood.

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

POWRIE Philip (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: V146

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 109

Seminar Hours: 22

Guided Learning: 12

Captured Content: 7

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes one or more of:

  • Contemporary French cinema

  • Italian Art cinema

  • Cuban ‘imperfect cinema’

  • British Cinema 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to analyse and compare film examples with reference to world cinema contexts.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • An essay of 2500 words due in the exam period

Formative assessment and feedback

  • In-class presentation/ workshop on a sequence analysis, on which students will receive informal verbal feedback

  • Written version of the sequence analysis for formative feedback on their writing. 

Module aims

  • Develop knowledge of at least one nationally- or regionally-specific cinema beyond Hollywood
  • Expand students' conception of cinema through exploring at least one nationally- or regionally-specific cinema outside of Hollywood.
  • Give a historical overview of the different types of films and filmmaking practice within at least one nationally- or regionally-specific cinema outside of Hollywood
  • Develop students' use of conceptual frameworks specific to studying national or regional cinemas
  • Continue to develop students' skills in audiovisual analysis of film and screen media 

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Give a coherent account of one or more national or regional cinema, both its history and the contemporary context KC
2 Use appropriate conceptual frameworks in the study of one or more national or regional cinema KCPT
3 Provide textual and audiovisual evidence for their account of a particular national or regional cinema PT
4 Analyse a film sequence and express this verbally and in writing

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to develop an understanding of key concepts for the analysis of one or more world cinemas as well as an ability to identify and discuss contested issues.

A representative sample of films will be screened with reading appropriate to the sample made available. Seminar discussions will involve debate about the specificities of one or more world cinemas and the close analysis of extracts of film.

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • 2 hours of seminar/ screening/ lecture time over 11 Weeks, including presentations by the lecturer and by students

  • Weekly readings

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
English Literature BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.