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Module

CAH3025 : Celluloid History II

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Rowland Smith
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The module investigates the subject of the 'recreation' of the historical past in film ['recreation' being construed as 'fictional' representations in retrospectively created 'epic' or 'historical' movies rather than in the medium of historical documentary film], and the standing of such 'fictional' filmic representation as historical evidence, both for the past event/episode depicted in the movie at issue, and for the political and socio-cultural contexts and conditions within which the movie-maker was working. The subject is investigated principally through study of a set of cinematic representations of 'historical pasts', selected with an eye to a particular theme (e.g., 'the representation of resistance, rebellion and revolution'). The module focuses particularly on 20th century 'epic' cinematic representations of ancient Rome and the Roman Empire, but it is not confined to 'Hollywood' epic; cinematic representations of post-classical and 20th century episodes bearing on Rome and its history in are also studied,for comparison and contrast. The aims of this module are to provide an opportunity: to acquire a sound general knowledge of the subject and a closer critical knowledge of some prescribed cinematic 'texts'; to read widely and critically in the primary and secondary literature associated with the subject; and to develop the capacity for independent study.

Outline Of Syllabus

Film and Reception (introductory): basics of film- and reception-theory; cinema and historiography; historical fact and fiction in the movies; the political contexts of Hollywood Epic; ancient (and post classical) Rome studied though a selected set of cinematic representations of the Roman past. The module focuses on a guiding historical theme; 'the representation in the movies of resistance, rebellion and revolution', with reference to a selected sequence of films. A sequence of up to ten cinematic representations of historical topics/episodes will be studied in the course of the module.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials92:0018:00weekly readings w/ questions
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials92:0018:00combination of videos and texts
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Intro to module
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Independent study
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Preparation and composition of Assessment 2
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Preparation and composition of Assessment 1
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading135:0035:00Student research activity related to the topics introduced each week
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00'film-text' discussion sessions
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion81:008:00Weekly Q & A discussion boards via Canvas
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion80:152:00weekly quizzes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery81:008:00drop-in sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk12:002:00Assignment review
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Non-synchronous lecture materials introduce a range of topics and embed and advance knowledge and understanding of core knowledge through structured research and reading activities. Key skills of analysis will be developed through specific academic skills resources and activities.

Synchronous online discussion classes/seminars allow students to explore and discuss topics in more depth, consolidating knowledge gained through lecture materials.
Synchronous online surgeries give opp0rtunity to students to ask specific questions about the module and assessments and gain feedback on their written work alongside structured non-synchronous discussion.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M501st of two 1700 word written submissions
Essay1A502nd of two 1700 word written submissions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes and facilitates the development of key skills in analysis, research, reading and writing. The essay allows students to explore a topic in more depth through independent research and analysis.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

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