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This subject offers an introduction to French Cinema from the New Wave to the present. Themes covered in the subject include the New Wave in its social and cultural context; auteur theory; cinematographic language; representations of social change and the interpretation of cultural identities in French film. On completion of the subject, students should demonstrate familiarity with the practices and theoretical concerns of New Wave and post-New Wave filmmakers in France, be able to analyse the social and cultural processes represented in selected films from the period studied, demonstrate an awareness of critical approaches to French film, and communicate the results of their research and analysis in both oral and written forms. The subject will be taught and assessed in French. Prior experience in Film Studies is neither assumed nor required.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have gained an appreciation of academic French through the confident use of sophisticated oral and written French at level B2/C1 of the Common European Framework for Languages;
- have gained an overview of the practices and theoretical concerns of New Wave and post-New Wave French and Francophone film in at least one of the four core areas of French and Francophone literature, linguistics, cinema and cultural studies;
- have gained a broad understanding of critical approaches to French and Francophone film as well as of general research and analytical skills;
- be able to reflect on their identity as a developing multicultural person and as a global citizen through the analysis of the social and cultural processes represented in selected films from the period studied;
- have learned to do self-directed small research projects in the field of French and Francophone Studies and to locate pertinent research literature in both French and English;
- have made wide use of learning and research technologies in French and English.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically: through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations;
- have developed written communication skills: through essay and assignment preparation and writing;
- have developed public speaking skills and confidence in self-expression: through tutorial participation and class presentations;
- be able to pay attention to detail: through close reading and textual analysis, essay preparation and writing;
- be able to time manage and plan: through managing and organizing workloads for essay and assignment completion.
Last updated: 29 July 2022