Major Debates in Film Theory (EAF1501)

30 credits

This module will introduce you to some of the key debates and concepts in film theory, such as the notion of realism, the idea of film as a language, issues of authorship and genre, and the impact of digital technology, together with approaches to understanding film such as ideology and the philosophical concept of affect.  It will investigate what questions about film emerged as the most pressing at each juncture in the history of film and of film studies, and how theoretical approaches evolved in response to technological, social and industrial changes to the medium itself. Together, these ideas will allow you to build a conceptual framework for understanding film's relationship to reality, other forms of visual media, individuals, and society at large. The module will introduce you to these theoretical debates, and situate them in the broader development of film studies as an academic discipline. It will demonstrate how they can be productively applied to film analysis, and develop your understanding of film, and what’s more, of the world around you, in new and diverse ways.