Checking date: 24/08/2023

Course: 2024/2025

Film Studies
Bachelor in Film, Television and Media Studies (Plan: 382 - Estudio: 211)


Department assigned to the subject: Communication and Media Studies Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Students are expected to have completed 'Moving Image History' and 'Reading Moving Image'.
1-Competence to understand and analyse cinema from an academic perspective. 2-A broad knowledge of the main film theories and methodologies. 3-Competence to apply the different theories and methodologies in film analysis and research. 4-Competence to research the field of film studies and understand its problematics.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1.- Film studies are those whose object of study is a film or a corpus of films. The basic discipline is therefore film aesthetics. But there are films that indicate, point to the study of art or literature, history or sociology, architecture or philosophy, and so on. There are also scholars of painting, storytelling, philosophy, history or architecture who take a film as an object of study, from their presuppositions. Film studies offer a context for the study of film aesthetics and its relationship with other arts and disciplines. 1.1- What is a historical narrative? Some basic concepts for continuous assessment work: PIGMALION, BIOMECHANICAL CREATION and THE CHANGE OF PARADIGM. 2.- Formalist Realism. 2.1- SPACE 3. Cinema and painting. 3.1. AESTHETICS OF THE PAINTING 4. Woman and spectator. 5.- The female spectator. 5.1. THE MELODRAMA 6. - The deformation of reality. 7. - Realism and the unconscious. 8. - Cinema and philosophy. 8.1. - POST-PANOPTIC SOCIETY
Learning activities and methodology
1-Lectures Theoretical classes that give the student a notion about the different film theories. 2-Practices Case studies. 3-Student work Writing of essays supervised by the professor.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • CHURCH GIBSON, Pamela and HILL, John (eds.).. Film Studies: critical approaches.. Oxford University Press.. 2000.
  • ELSAESSER, Thomas & HAGENER, Malte. Film Theory: An Introduction Through the Senses. Routledge. 2015 (second edition)
  • MacKENZIE, Scott (ed.). Film Manifestos and Global Cinema Cultures. A Critical Anthology. University of California Press. 2021
  • STAM, Robert. Film Theory. An Introduction. Blackwell. 2000
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • ANSELMO, Diana W.. A Queer Way of Feeling. Girl Fans and Personal Archives of Early Hollywood. University of California Press. 2023
  • BORDWELL, David y CARROLL, Nöel (eds.).. Post-theory. Reconstructing film studies.. University of Wisconsin Press. 1996
  • BRAUDY, Leo y COHEN, Marshall (eds.).. Film Theory and Criticism. Introductory Readings.. Oxford University Press. 2009
  • CASETTI, Francesco. The Lumière Galaxy: Seven Key Words for the Cinema to Come. Columbia University Press. 2015
  • CHURCH GIBSON, Pamela y HILL, John (eds.).. Film Studies: critical approaches. Oxford University Press. 2000
  • CORRIGAN, Timothy. A short guide to writing about film. Pearson. 2015 (9th edition)
  • DAVIS, Glyn; DICKINSON, Kay; PATTI, Lisa; VILLAREJO, Amy. Film Studies. A Global Introduction. Routledge. 2015
  • ELSAESSER, Thomas y HAGENER, Malte. Film Theory: An Introduction through the Senses.. Routledge.. 2009
  • GLEDHILL, Christine y WILLIAMS, Linda (eds.). Reinventing Film Studies. Oxford University Press. 2000
  • GRIEVESON, Lee y WASSON, Haidee (eds.).. Inventing Film Studies. Duke University Press.. 2008
  • MILLER, Toby y STAM, Robert (eds).. Film and theory. An anthology. Blackwell Publishers. 2000
  • MILLER, Toby y STAM, Robert (eds.).. A Companion to Film Theory. Blackwell Publishers. 2004
  • McDONALD, Kevin. Film Theory: The Basics. Routledge. 2016
  • NICHOLS, Bill. Engaging Cinema. An Introduction to Film Studies. W.W. Norton.. 2010
  • NICHOLS, Bill (ed.).. Movies and Methods. Volume 2. University of California Press. 1985
  • POLAN, Dana. Scenes of Instruction: The Beginnings of the U.S. Study of Film. University of California Press. 2007
  • RODOWICK, D. N.. The Virtual Life of Film. Harvard University Press. 2007
  • ROSSOUW, Martin P. & HANICH, Julian (eds.). What Film Is Good For. On the Values of Spectatorship. University of California Press. 2023
  • RUST, Stephen; MONANI, Salma & CUBITT, Sean (eds.).. Ecocinema: Theory and Practice. Routledge. 2012
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
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