This module introduces you to film, television and digital media history with a particular emphasis on how and where digital media intersect and converge with these moving image forms. The module spans the late 19th century through to the current epoch of convergence media. You will consider how even ‘old’ technologies were ‘new’ at some point, exploring the relationship between technological, social and aesthetic developments in new media forms. This broad historical sweep provides you with a chronological knowledge to complement and contextualise the bespoke theoretical emphasis of other core modules in either Film and Television or Digital Culture.
This module concentrates on how we study film and television, introducing you to key debates in critical theory. Over four distinct blocks of lectures and seminars, you will gain an opportunity to explore a range of different methods in studying film, television and digital media—including artistic achievement and critical interpretation; close textual analysis; ideological analysis; national cinema and psychoanalysis. Each method asks questions about the relationship between the intentions of individual film- and programme-makers and wider processes. Across the module you will study films and television programmes in close detail, examining one a week, thinking about the relationship between how something is achieved and what it means.
This module addresses patterns of narrative across different media (film, television, documentary, digital media). A variety of approaches to the question of narrative are taken, including: narrative structure; patterns and distinctions in storytelling methods and styles; point of view; the social and cultural context of narrative; adaptation; postmodern and open-ended narrative; issue-driven narrative; television’s live and drama narrative structures; transmedia and digital media’s narrative logics.
This module will introduce you to some key tenets of film theory and apply them to a selection of important pre- and post-war European and international films. It will familiarise you with the analysis of aspects of film style, genre and national and international contexts. The set films on the module will include canonical works from a century of cinema history, by filmmakers such as Joseph von Sternberg, Alfred Hitchcock and Pedro Almodovar, and significant examples of technique and style.
This module aims to introduce you to some of the key problems that have preoccupied contemporary philosophers. You will look at logical questions relating to the structure of arguments, epistemological questions about the sources and limits of knowledge, and metaphysical questions exploring the relationship between minds and bodies and the possibility of human freedom.
This module introduces you to aspects of key texts by eighteenth and nineteenth century philosophers Immanuel Kant and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, which form the foundation of the major debates in both European, and some Anglo-American philosophy. You will explore major issues concerning epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics, and different approaches to these issues, which will be central to the rest of your philosophical and other studies in the humanities and social sciences.
This module examines some of the major metaphysical and epistemological problems that arise when attempting to understand how the mind and language interact with and in the world. It centres on attempts to conceptualise, solve, or avoid mind-body related problems in the analytic tradition and aims to contrast these with phenomenological and existential investigations of related problems.
In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.
Optional modules in Philosophy include:
Introduction to Logic
This module aims to introduce you to the formal study of arguments through the two basic systems of modern logic: sentential or propositional logic and predicate logic. As well as showing you how to present and analyse arguments formally, you will look at the implications and uses of logical analysis by considering Bertrand Russell’s formalist solution to the problem of definite descriptions, before discussing the broader significance of findings in logic to philosophical inquiry.
Mind and Conciousness
What is the relationship between the mind and the brain? Is the mind inside the brain? Are we any more than highly sophisticated computers? What is consciousness? This module aims to introduce these and related questions, which are central to modern philosophical debates about the nature of mind and consciousness.
Introduction to Aesthetics and Morals
This module aims to provide you with a broad understanding of many of the central problems and debates within moral philosophy and aesthetics. These include questions relating to both metaphysical and ethical relativism, the different ways we might understand our moral commitments within the world, how the individual is related to society, and the value and nature of the work of art. The module presents you with approaches from the history of philosophy, from the Anglo-American tradition, and from recent European philosophy.
Film Studies: Women's Cinema
Film Studies: Documentary
Film Studies: European Cinema and Culture
Film Studies: Hitchcock
Film Studies: French Cinema
Film Studies: Avant Garde
Film Studies: Hollywood Star Performances
Film Studies: Television Genre
Film Studies: Modern European Cinema
Film Studies: Post-Classical Hollywood
Film Studies: Television and Identity
Film Studies: The Cultures of Celebrity
Film Studies: US Television Fiction
Film Studies: Contemporary Chinese Cinema
Film Studies: Beyond Bollywood
Film Studies: Postwar Italian Cinema
Film Studies: International Film 2
Film Studies: Identity in Modern Spanish Film
Film Studies: Mexican Visual Arts
Film Studies: Media Research Project
Film Studies: The Gothic, Gender and Sexuality
Film Studies: Television Histories
Film Studies: Film Aesthetics
Film Studies: Materials-Procedures - Paradigms-Parameters, 1960 to 1980
Film Studies: World Cinema
Film Studies: Contemporary British Cinema - Issues and Themes
Film Studies: German Cinema: From the Post-war Period to the Present
Film Studies: Cinephilia from 1915 to the Present
Film Studies: Melodrama
Media Arts: Transnational Cinemas 1 - Issues and Identities
Media Arts: Transnational Cinemas 2 - Issues and Identities
Film Studies: Film Aesthetics 1 - Issues of Interpretation and Evaluation
Film Studies: Film Aesthetics 2 - The World and Its Image
Film Studies: Psychoanalysis and Cinema
Film Studies: Cinephilia
Film Studies: Film, Television and the Holocaust
Film Studies: 360 Cinema
Film Studies: Political Cinema: From Eisenstein to YouTube
Film Studies: Media Authorship
Film Studies: Multi Media Modernism
Film Studies: Contemporary British Cinema - Issues and Themes
Film Studies: Dissertation
Optional modules in Philosophy and related subjects include:
The Philosophy of Aristotle
The Good Life in Ancient Philosophy 2
Stoics, Epicureans and Sceptics
Philosophy Under the Roman Empire
Moral Problems in Politics
Nietzsche and Foucault
Philosophy of Psychology
The Philosophy of Religion
Husserl to Heidegger
Critical Theory and Hermen
The Self and Others
The Varieties of Scepticism