170.041 (20W) Introduction to Film Studies - with Excursion

Wintersemester 2020/21

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Erster Termin der LV
17.10.2020 09:00 - 13:00 HS 3 On Campus
Nächster Termin:
30.01.2021 09:00 - 13:00 HS 3 On Campus


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LV-Titel englisch
Introduction to Film Studies - with Excursion
Vorlesung-Kurs (prüfungsimmanente LV )
Präsenzlehrveranstaltung (Online-Option )
25 (25 max.)
zum Moodle-Kurs
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Intendierte Lernergebnisse

The course will encourage and equip the students to become an active spectator of film and consequently an engaged, sovereign writer, articulating their viewing experience. The basic of active viewing is not only to think carefully about movies but also an analytical approach to the construction of their meaning. Therefore, the course will provide an insight into common types of film analysis, and offer strategies and resources for analysis and interpretation of particular means of film expression, which are crucial for the production of meaning. The final goal is to engage students in the process of transforming the excitement and pleasure of watching a film into the satisfaction of articulating ideas and insights about that movie.


Lessons of the course combine lectures and seminars intensively supported with film screenings and discussions about selected texts and movies. During the seminar, students will write short examples of different type of film texts such as a screening report, a movie review, and a critical essay.


Timothy Corrigan, an author of A Short Guide to Writing about Film, is convinced that"students write better about a subject they know and like and that few subjects today are enjoyed and understood more universally than the movies". The purpose of this course is based on this conviction and assumption, that the foundation to develop skills for balance between personal opinion and critical evaluation of the movie, is a profound understanding of means of film expression. The starting point of becoming an active and critical spectator is an ability to analyse these means and to articulate analytical outcomes. Therefore, students will get the knowledge of most common types of film analysis, such as shot-by-shot analysis, mise-en-scène analysis, analysis of film aesthetics, narrative structure analysis, analysis of film style and contextual analysis. At the same time, the course will equip the students with the skills how best to articulate the findings of a particular analysis, which allow them to transform their insight into a persuasive vocabulary for writing assignments. However, the important aim is also to assure that careful thinking and analytical writing doesn't disrupt the enjoyment of the movie-watching experience,but on the contrary, enriches it with the confidence of more in-depth understanding of a film's meaning and of the cinematic techniques used to provide it.

Part of the course is an excursion to the Slovenian Cinematheque in Ljubljana, with a visit of the exhibition about Federico Fellini and a screening of short films by one of the most eminent directors of the Yugoslav "black wave" cinema movement, Karpo Godina, who will be present for the discussion.


Timothy Corrigan, A Short Guide to Writing about Film, Boston (etc.), Pearson, 2015 (selectedchapters p.p. 15-32 and 145-164).

 Michael Ryan and Melissa Leons, An Introduction to Film Analysis:Technique and Meaning in Narrative FilmLondon,New York, Continuum, 2012 (selected chapters p.p. 1-33).

ReniraRampazzo Gambarato, Methodology for film analysis: The role of objects in filmsRevista Fronteiras – estudos midiáticos 12.2 (maio/agosto 2010): 105-115.



Course attendance. Reading of prescribed texts (3 book chapters and 1 article). Active collaboration during class. Writing of short examples of different type of film texts about a selected movie. Presentation of the individual text in class.


Note Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 15W.2)
    • Fach: Freie Wahlfächer (Freifach)
      • Freie Wahlfächer ( 0.0h XX / 20.0 ECTS)
        • 170.041 Introduction to Film Studies - with Excursion (2.0h VC / 6.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 1., 2., 3., 4., 5., 6. Semester empfohlen
  • Masterstudium Medien, Kommunikation & Kultur (SKZ: 841, Version: 20W.1)
    • Fach: Interdisziplinäre Zugänge zu Medien und Kommunikation (Wahlfach)
      • 10.1 Dem Modul zugeordnete LVen anderer Fächer im Umfang von 12 ECTS-AP, wovon mind. eine LV ein Seminar ist. ( 0.0h XX / 12.0 ECTS)
        • 170.041 Introduction to Film Studies - with Excursion (2.0h VC / 6.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 1., 2., 3. Semester empfohlen
  • Masterstudium Medien, Kommunikation und Kultur (SKZ: 841, Version: 09W.1)
    • Fach: Visuelle Kultur (Wahlfach)
      • Visuelle Kultur ( 0.0h XX / 12.0 ECTS)
        • 170.041 Introduction to Film Studies - with Excursion (2.0h VC / 6.0 ECTS)
  • Masterstudium Visuelle Kultur (SKZ: 655, Version: 18W.1)
    • Fach: Medien des Visuellen zwischen Hoch- und Populärkultur (Pflichtfach)
      • 3.1 Einführung in die Geschichte Visueller Kulturen ( 0.0h VC, SE / 6.0 ECTS)
        • 170.041 Introduction to Film Studies - with Excursion (2.0h VC / 6.0 ECTS)

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