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: Humanities and Culture


2018/9, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
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), student presentations (LOs 1, 3, 4, 5) and practice-based activities designed to develop skills in close reading and film analysis (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4). The tutorials will also offer the opportunity for students to produce their own work and to peer-review each other’s work (LO 5). Additionally, there will be a chance for students to offer peer review on small group presentations in class, which will allow them to engage with the learning criteria, ultimately enabling a more autonomous approach to teaching, learning, and feedback.

Formative Assessment:
Students will undertake two formative assessments on this module:

1) Short presentations in small groups (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), to take place in tutorials during weeks 4 through 6. You will present a close reading of an assigned text, applying the interpretive methods you will then use for the first summative assessment (close reading), thus giving you the opportunity to practice newly acquired close reading skills with the support of your group. Presentations will be peer-reviewed by classmates according to the programme's general marking criteria, thus helping you to gain literacy in the interpretation and application of assessment criteria. In this way students will become co-collaborators in teaching and learning. Each group will also receive formal written feedback from the tutor, focused particularly on the soundness of the analysis presented.

2) Shot list (due week 12): Students will prepare a shot list of the film scene they plan to analyse for their final summative assessment (LOs 1, 2, 3, 5). The tutor will provide guidance and a template as students prepare this shot list. While written feedback on the shot list will not be provided, students will be encouraged to draw on carefully selected material from the shot list to compile relevant evidence for their final summative assessment, an essay about the chosen film scene. In-class instruction will be provided on how to effectively select evidence from the shot list for the essay, and how to incorporate it into the essay. This formative activity will further prepare students for film-focused modules in subsequent years, teaching them a method for taking independent notes on relevant details of film form in preparation for written critical analysis.

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

1) a close reading of 1000 words (LOs 1-5), worth 50%, due in week 7. This will be a standard university-level essay focused mainly on the application of close reading skills to a short text, and will be underpinned by the collaborative work students did for the group presentation (and subsequent formative feedback).

2) an essay of 1000 words (LOs 1-5), worth 50%, due in week 14. This will be a standard university-level essay focused on analysis of a film screened in class. Evidence in support of the essay’s argument will be drawn from the shot list submitted in week 12.

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
Essay 50 1-5 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Essay 50 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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, Medbh McGuckian, 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 directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 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:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
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 both independently and as part of a group.

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