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Classic European Cinema East and West COMPLIT4028

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The course deals with a series of classic twentieth-century European films, selected from several European national cultures in order to demonstrate, on a comparative basis, the development of European cinema using its major landmarks.


20 x 1 hour sessions over both semesters as scheduled in MyCampus.


This is one of the honours options in SMLC and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling the requirements for Honours entry into one of the SMLC Honours programmes, Honours entry to History, Honours entry to CEES and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses





Time-limited assignment (1500 words) to be completed over a 4-day period - 50%

Essay (2000 words) - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ study genres, styles, themes and aesthetics of classic European cinema, East and West;

■ discuss critically various aspects of classic European cinema, situating these within suitable socio-historical contexts and theoretical and analytical frameworks;

■ compare and contrast various aspects of classic European cinema in a broader context of developments in world cinema.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ identify and describe some of the most significant developments in classic European cinema, East and West, in terms of themes, genres, styles as an instrument of social self-examination;

■ discuss these cinematic developments within socio-historical contexts of the development of European cinemas specifically and world cinema more generally;

■ discuss critically and analyse these cinematic developments within suitable theoretical frameworks.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.