Checking date: 25/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Film Studies
Dual Bachelor in Journalism and Film, Television and Media Studies (Plan: 384 - Estudio: 231)


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-What is cinema? Introduction and basic concepts. 1.1-Ways of understanding Cinema. Industry, Technology, Culture, Aesthetic. 1.2-Film Modes and Film Worlds: Documentary, Experimental and Fiction. 1.3-Development of film theories. 1.4-Film studies as a discipline. 1.5-Keywords to study cinema: auteurs, stars, genres, audiences. 2-Realisms. 2.1-The problem of realism: the ontology of the photgraphic image. 2.2-Digital realisms: from frame to pixel. 2.3-Film's vindications: auteur cinema and Third Cinema. Art and Politics. 3-Aesthetic perspectives and textual analysis. 3.1-Textual passion and film as a language: formalism, semiotics, structuralism and post-structuralism. 3.2-Sound. 3.3-Neo-formalism and cognitivism. 4-Identity politics, cultural studies and reception theories. 4.1-Feminism and post-feminism. 4.2-Queer Theory. 4.3-Multiculturalism and race theory. 4.4-Ecocritique and ecocinema. 4.3-Visionary pleasures and popular culture. Reception and fandom.
Learning activities and methodology
1-Lectures Theoretical classes that give the student a notion about the different film theories. 2-Practices Analysis of different case studies. 3-Student work Writing of essays and playlists 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)
  • STAM, Robert. Film Theory. An Introduction. Blackwell. 2000
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • 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
  • RUST, Stephen; MONANI, Salma & CUBITT, Sean (eds.).. Ecocinema: Theory and Practice. Routledge. 2012
  • SITNEY, P. Adams (ed.).. The Avant-Garde Film. A Reader of Theory and Criticism. Anthology Film Archives. 1987.
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
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