Short Title:Film Style and Genre
Full Title:Film Style and Genre
Module Code:FILM H1002
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Audio-visual techniques and media production
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Description:The aim of this module is to provide a framework for critically interpreting and applying various theoretical approaches to the study of film. This module will extend and refine in particular the textual approaches introduced in semester one.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe various critical approaches to the study of film
LO2 Critique and analyse a range of film texts both fiction and nonfiction
LO3 Discuss issues arising from the historical development of film culture in Ireland up to the present day
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Introduction to Film Studies
Approaches to textual analysis; the grammar and form of the moving image: visual style as carrier of meaning (aspects of mise-en-scene, cinematographic properties, editing styles) Narrative theory: structures and conventions; classical narrative cinema; alternative narrative structures; introduction to the concept of non-linearity both in cinema and digital media; Genre and structures of meaning; defining genre and genre analysis as critical tool; genre and popular culture.
Film Style and Genre
Critical approaches introduced above will be applied in the analysis of a selection texts drawn from genres such as: film noir; neo noir; science fiction, horror, melodrama, the documentary form. Overview of the evolution of Irish cinema; critical examination of development and change since the 1960s; particular themes may include the global and the local, representations of gender, issues of identity, community, multiculturalism, Celtic and Post Celtic Tiger Ireland
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Assignment Students are required to complete an essay of approximately 1500 words. The purpose of the essay should be to demonstrate the extent to which the student can develop a critical distance in relation to popular texts and engage in effective independent research 1,2 30.00 n/a
Short Answer Questions Students are required to answer a series of questions in relation to one of the films screens screened over the semester 2 10.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3 60.00 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Nelmes, J. 2011, An Introduction to Film Studies, Routledge
  • Bordwell D., and Thompson, K 2016, Film Art: An Introduction, 11th Ed., McGrath-Hill [ISBN: 978-125953495]
  • Cook, Pam 2007, The Cinema Book, 3rd ed Ed., BFI London [ISBN: 978-184457193]
  • Hill, J. et al 2002, The Oxford Guide to Film Studies, OUP Oxford [ISBN: 978-019871124]
  • Asava, Zelie 2017, Mixed Race Cinemas Multiracial Dynamics in America and France, Bloomsbury Academic [ISBN: 9781501312458]
  • Asava, Zelie 2013, The Black Irish Onscreen: Representing Black and Mixed-Race Identities on Irish Film and Television (Reimagining Ireland), Peter Lang [ISBN: 978-303430839]
  • McLeod, A., 2018, Irish Queer Cinema, Edinburgh Univ Press [ISBN: 978-147441148]
  • Ging, D., 2013, Men and Masculinities in Irish Cinema (Global Masculinities), AIAA [ISBN: 978-023023200]
  • Pettit, L. 2000, Screening Ireland: Film and Television Representation, Manchester Univ Press
  • Michael Patrick Gillespie 2008, The myth of an Irish cinema, Syracuse University Press Syracuse, N.Y. [ISBN: 9780815631934]
  • Barton, R., 2004, Keeping It Real: Irish Film and Television, Columbia University Press
  • McLoone, M. 2000, Irish Film: The Emergence of a Contemporary Cinema, BFI
  • Hill, J. 2006, Cinema and Northern Ireland: Film Culture and Politics, BFI
  • Winston,B. 2000, Lies Damn Lies and Documentary, BFI
  • Winston, B 2013, The Documentary Film Book, BFI [ISBN: 978-184457341]
  • Silver, A and Ursini, J., (eds) 1999, Film Noir: Reader, Limelight
  • Hirsch, F., 2008, Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir, Da Capo Press
  • Keesey, D., 2010, Neo-Noir: Contemporary Film Noir from Chinatown to The Dark Knight, Kamera Books
  • Luhr, W 2012, Film Noir (New Approaches to Film Genre), Wiley Blackwell [ISBN: 978-140514595]
  • Redmond, S., Marvell,L., 2015, Endangering Science Fiction Film (AFI Film Readers), Routledge [ISBN: 978-113879263]
  • Redmond, S., 2017, Liquid Space: Science Fiction Film and Television in the Digital Age, IB Tauris [ISBN: 978-178076187]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
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