This module will introduce you to a number of key contemporary German speaking films and their cultural and social contexts as well as to some tools of film analysis. It will also provide you with practical experience of working as part of a team to organise and deliver a screening of a German speaking film aimed at a non-specialist audience. The module is taught and assessed in German.
to increase students' knowledge of German speaking films and their social, cultural, political and historical contexts
to introduce students to basic concepts of film analysis and its practical applications
to develop the ability to communicate knowledge about German speaking films to a non-specialist audience
to work effectively as a team in organising an event for a non-specialist audience
to develop further communication skills in spoken and written German
to improve proficiency in spoken and written German
Module learning outcomes
By the end of the module students should:
have knowledge and understanding of a number of important German speaking films and their social, cultural, political and historical contexts
be able to analyse, research and compare films and show a deeper understanding of the culture and society of German speaking countries
be able to apply basic concepts of film analysis
be able to make positive contributions to a group project
be able to communicate at a good level of proficiency in German in a variety of situations
In the first part, a number of key contemporary German speaking films is covered. Students will analyse and discuss in more detail these films and the ways they represent contemporary society and culture in German speaking countries. An introduction to film analysis and its basic categories will enable the students to analyse films with regards to both the represented social and cultural world and its representation.
In the second part, the module will introduce students to the organisation of a film screening. In groups, students will select and study a film related to the module content in order to create an instructive and engaging event. Practical sessions will cover basic considerations of promoting an event, creating documentation of an event and also delivering a film introduction and leading a discussion after the screening.
% of module mark
Essay/coursework Group project : Organisation of film screening
Special assessment rules
Additional assessment information
Formative tasks are deveised throughout the year for students to prepare for the group project.
Discussion of progress of group work in seminars.
% of module mark
Essay/coursework Reassessment Essay
Feedback on formative work:
Oral commentary and dialogue within class on oral and written language work. Given immediately both to individuals and to group.
Written comments and mark on the University scale given to individual students for practice essays, with opportunity for individual consultation; the essays will be returned to students two weeks after seminar.
Summative assessment and feedback:
Group project: Preparation and delivery of a film screening to a non-specialist audience including production promotion and support material, and interacting in German with the audience at the event.
1500-word essay in German
1. Written individual and group feedback given within 3 weeks of delivery of group project.
2. Individuals will have access to their feedback with comments, under supervision, at an appointed date after the external examiner has reviewed the papers.
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