Taught Modules


With the exception of FM5001, a mandatory year-long module, we cannot offer every module each semester; please check with your adviser or Film Studies for available modules when registering. We continue to add modules so please check back on this page, or view individual staff pages for teaching information.

FM5001 | FM5103 | FM5104

FM5001: Theory and Practice of Research in Film Studies

Semester: Whole year

Dr Zoë Shacklock (Lecturer), Dr Philippa Lovatt (Co-ordinator), Professor Dina Iordanova (Lecturer), Dr Leshu Torchin (Lecturer), Dr Tyler Parks (Lecturer) and Isabel Seguí (Lecturer)

This module seeks to provide the kind of sophisticated theoretical and research skills training now regarded as indispensable for all postgraduates. It has both theoretical and methodological orientation and aims at teaching the students to correlate adequately conceptual frameworks and research designs. Its aim are to (a) debate and enrich our common concepts of reading and analyzing cinematic texts and contexts, by providing a range of different perspectives on film theory and methodology of criticism and various approaches to cinematic research, and (b) offer high-quality training related to methodology which stresses various aspects of conceiving, pursuing, organising, and successfully completing research projects in film studies.

FM5103: Film Technologies and Aesthetics

Semester: 2

Dr Zoë Shacklock (Lecturer), Dr Anuja Jain (Co-ordinator) and Dr Paul Flaig (Lecturer)

This module surveys the history of various cinema technologies. Particular attention will be given to the ways in which the emergence of new technologies – such as sound, colour, cameras and camera mounts, varying screen dimensions, and lighting systems – affect aesthetic issues in global cinemas. By taking a global perspective, the module aims to engage these issues in ways that address the cultural and economic conditions that affect and are affected by the adoption of new technologies. The specific technologies addressed in the module may vary over semesters, and in some semesters the focus may be on a single film technology and in others it may take a comparative approach.



FM5104: Colonial Cinema

Semester: 1

Dr Tom Rice (Co-ordinator)

Colonial Cinema will examine the integral role that cinema played in the control, organisation and governance of the British Empire. Exploring transnational developments in cinema, it assesses early filmmaking, distribution and exhibition practices in, for example, Africa, India, and Malaya. The module offers students a new way of examining film history, from the emergence of film in the late 19th century to the establishment of local film cultures in colonial and post-colonial territories. Colonial Cinema addresses pedagogical uses of cinema and non-theatrical forms of exhibition (for example, mobile cinema circuits), encouraging students to engage critically with primary archival material, government reports and, in particular, a new online resource for colonial film, Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire.