units

ATS3071

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitFrench Studies
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Philip Anderson

Notes

Previously coded FRN3290

Synopsis

This unit introduces students to a variety of French films, with particular emphasis on leading directors from the New Wave to the present. It aims to develop awareness of specific contemporary cinematic genres and styles, the interaction between films and their social and cultural contexts and different critical approaches to film. The unit covers social issues such as the malaise of youth, consumerism, urban problems, national identity, immigration and womens position in society. It is open to students from other disciplines without prior background in French, while enabling French Studies students to use their skills in reading and interpreting the films and secondary sources.

Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand, discuss and analyse different cinematic genres and styles of contemporary French cinema
  2. Develop and express an understanding of the socio-cultural context of contemporary France
  3. Understand, discuss and analyse the ways in which selected French films reflect on and interpret social and cultural issues in contemporary France
  4. Develop an ability to engage with written and visual texts and to understand a body of critical writing in the field Additional objective for students in French
  5. Develop a knowledge of specialist critical language in relation to film studies Additional objective for third year students:
  6. Develop a deeper understanding of theoretical debates in the field of contemporary French cinema and culture.

Assessment

Written work: 90% (4500 words)
Participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

1 x 1-hour lecture, 1 x 1-hour tutorial, 1 x 3 hour screening

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prohibitions

FRN2280