LIT181 : Introduction to Cinema

Convenor(s): Dr Jonathan Rayner


Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course Convenor.

General Information

This module gives the student the opportunity to study a series of films from some of the great national cinemas of the 20th century, including the British , French, Australian and Japanese cinemas. In a series of weekly lectures and seminars, students will develop an understanding of the fundamental institutional and industrial characteristics of film history and production well as of the conventions of style in a range of contrasting national cinemas.


This module is organised into five segments: British Cinema; French Cinema; Spanish Cinema; Australian Cinema; and Animation . Each segment will be introduced by a weekly one-hour lecture given by one of the School’s film specialists. There are screenings of set films immediately after the lecture. Weekly seminars will be used for close analysis and discussion of the set films, and issues suggested by the lectures relating to each segment of the course.


The module is assessed by a dossier, composed of two pieces of written work. The first is a course diary which normally includes commentaries on four films you have viewed during the semester. The second part is a critical essay based on questions set by the module tutors on films screened during the module.

Contact Details

Dr Jonathan Rayner (0114) 222 8457

Information last changed: Friday 09th of February 2018 :: 01:52:28 PM (GMT)


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