Module title: Dreams and Visions in the Moving Image

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LMD09148
Module leader: Louise Milne
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2018/9, Trimester 2, 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: Louise Milne
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
This module uses seminar classes, screenings, audio-visual presentations, one-to-one tutorials, structured research projects, an oral presentation, and group discussion to provide a variety of independent and group learning activities. The VLE is used to present the syllabus, offer access to readings and other relevant resources, host students’ annotated bibliographies, and enable further discussion and collaboration outside of class hours. The required readings, students’ class preparations, and class debates draw out key concepts, theories, methodologies, and questions about the relationship between film, the mind, and film cultures (LOs 1, 3, and 4). The structure and delivery of the weekly syllabi demonstrate how the lecturer develops and undertakes a research project, develops research questions, and establishes research programmes to answer research questions. This process forms part of the weekly discussions (LOs 1-6). The class presentations allow students to initiate a research project and present their provisional research to the class. These presentations are followed by class discussions about the presentation to provide peer review. By contributing to these discussions about a colleague’s research, students help the presenter see their presentation from another’s perspective, and also improve their knowledge of the subject area. This will help both the presenter and the other students to define their research questions and methodological approaches better (LOs 1-6). Ultimately, this helps students to recognise that research is not a solipsistic process and to learn how to work collaboratively and effectively on research projects.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
This module requires you to develop effective time management skills, project management skills, clear presentation skills, and the ability to work within guidelines. It encourages you to initiate and develop disc

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 39
Independent Learning Guided independent study 161
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 25 1,2,3,5,6 5-11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Essay 65 1,2,3,5,6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Discussion/Participation 10 4 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module examines how cinema draws on the vast range of cultural representations of fantasies and dreams. It begins by first introducing students to theories of both dreams and the relationship between the film screen and dreaming. Following this it studies how filmmakers have utilised dreams, visions, and the imagination in cinematic imagery and narratives to explore topics such as childhood, the structure and purpose of myths, folktales and fairy-tales, madness, the construction of the concepts of ‘sex’ and ‘gender’, the instability of memory, history, and hallucinations, time travel, the supernatural, utopian and dystopian societies, and death. All of these topics investigate the cinema’s ability to represent and explore the musings of the mind and efforts to makes sense of and communicate ideas about what has been and what could be, how societies could be better or worse, and what we are as individuals and a social species. To examine these subjects the module explores the works of numerous international film directors, such as Bergman, Cocteau, Deren, Kurosawa, Murnau, Tarkovsky, and Svankmejer.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Demonstrate knowledge of and critically reflect on arguments and methodologies utilised to elucidate arguments relating film and the mind.
LO2: Construct and implement a viable research programme from the critical literature on film, the mind, and film cultures.
LO3: Critically reflect on the relationships between film, dreams, visions, the imagination, and broader histories of art and narrative.
LO4: Contribute effectively to peer discussions and reviews.
LO5: Evaluate and engage with peer review of your research.
LO6: Produce clearly defined, rigorous, and detailed arguments.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
LMD09148 Dreams and visions in the moving image