The specific learning objectives for this course are to:
The course also trains the following general academic skills:
- obtain an elementary knowledge and understanding of cinema history (esthetic/economic/technological developments, film audiences)
- obtain an understanding of the different forms of film historiography
- develop basic skills in film analysis
- learn how to search for and interpret written filmhistorical sources (advertisements, reviews, theoretical texts etc.)
- gain a better knowledge of European and American fiction film.
- systematic and critical study of texts
- gathering, processing and analysing data and reporting research results in accordance with scholarly methods
- planning work and working together in teams
- learning to think with an appreciation for societal context; to situate information a broader cultural/social context.
The course provides an overview of the historical development of the film medium as an art form, economic product, social practice and object of theoretical reflection. The lectures deal with the key moments and processes in the history of European and American cinema and will introduce you to a variety of approaches to film studies. During seminars, students will learn how to analyse film scenes and written filmhistorical sources (e.g. film theoretical texts, fan magazines, and advertisements) by way of the methods of source criticism, close reading and (structuralist) film analysis. A mandatory series of film screenings illustrating the aesthetic development of film from early cinema to New Hollywood forms an integral part of the course.|
This course is part of Core Profile 2 of the BA Media and Culture in English.