Core Module Information
Module title: Reading Texts: Analysing Film, Literature and Culture

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP07114
Module leader: Tara Thomson
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities


Description of module content:

This module serves as a toolbox, designed to introduce you to some of the key skills and strategies necessary for studying literature and film at university level. The module introduces you to the necessary close reading and film analysis skills required at degree level, and asks you to practice applying those skills by responding critically and creatively to a number of short stories, poems, and films. You will explore what it means to learn actively and independently at university, and will be introduced to expectations and criteria for successful university study. As such, you’ll also learn academic writing skills associated specifically with critical analysis, including analysing quotations and screen shots, and developing inferences and arguments from textual analysis.

On this module, you will study a wide range of key literary and cinematic works in many genres. The module will begin with discussion and analysis of several contemporary short stories by Ali Smith. We will then look at several selections of poetry ranging from the 16th century to the present day, including authors such as Christopher Marlowe, Alexander Pope, Edna St Vincent Millay, Adrienne Rich, Warsan Shire, and more. Alongside the literary readings, you will learn essential terminology for literary studies, and apply key terms to your own close readings of the assigned texts. The last part of the module will turn to film analysis, and each week you will learn about a particular aspect of film form, such as mise-en-scène, editing, cinematography, and more. Each week we will watch a different film, and you will have many opportunities to respond critically and creatively to these films. By the end of the module, you will have accumulated a substantial glossary of specialised terms essential for literary and film studies, and will have had substantial practice applying core methodologies of close reading and formal film analysis (both in class and in your assessments).

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1. Acquire skills for active and effective learning at university level.
LO2. Develop an awareness of key methodologies and terminology for both literature and film studies.
LO3. Acquire skills in literary close reading, formal film analysis, and associated skills for written and oral presentation of analysis.
LO4. Respond critically and imaginatively to a wide range of poems, short stories, and films.
LO5. Acquire skills for producing academic work independently.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Tara Thomson
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching will take place in the form of a weekly two-hour lecture (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4), which will include an element of interactivity (LOs 1, 4), and smaller weekly one-hour tutorials. The lectures will introduce the primary literary texts and films, and also offer a critical framework for analysis. The tutorials (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) will consolidate and deepen learning that takes place during the lectures, making use of class discussion (LOs 1, 4, 5), small group work (LOs 1, 4, 5), and practice-based activities designed to develop skills in close reading and film analysis (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4).

Formative Assessment:
Students will undertake one optional formative assessment on this module:

1) You will have the opportunity to submit one of the close readings intended for the summative portfolio (LOs 1-5), and will be given written feedback on how you are meeting the criteria for assessment so far, as well as feed-forward for developing your portfolio for the final submission.

Summative Assessment:
Students will undertake two summative assessments on this module:

1) Weekly Moodle quizzes (weeks 2-12), worth 20% overall (LOs 1, 2, 5). There will be 10 quizzes, each one weighted at 2% of your overall module grade. Quizzes will test your acquisition of content knowledge from the assigned textbook readings, focused on your understanding of key terms and concepts for literary and film studies.

2) A written portfolio of 2400 words in total (LOs 1-5), worth 80%, due in week 12. The portfolio will include eight 300-word close readings of assigned excerpts from literary and cinematic texts from across the module. You will be encouraged to develop this portfolio throughout the trimester, and will have the opportunity for feedback on the development of your work as part of the module's formative assessment. This will help you to know that you are on track, and to learn what you need to do to meet the assessment criteria before the final submission.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 20 1, 2, 5 12 HOURS= 05.00
Portfolio 80 1-5 12 , WORDS= 2400
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP07114 Reading Texts: Analysing Literature, Film and Culture