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Cinematic Journeys FTV4003

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The course will focus on close examination of movement of and in the frame. The first part of the course will consider the emergence of mobile vision in the 19th century and its adoption by early cinema as well as review theoretical approaches to movement in film. The second part will consider narratives of travelling and displacement (travel films, road movies, exilic and diasporic cinema) and the movement of film (as a cultural object and as a commodity) across national borders.


10X5 hours weekly sessions

Requirements of Entry

The usual Honours entry requirements


2,500 word essay (50%)

Examination (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

1.To consider movement in its multitude of meanings: cinema means movement, movemnt is fundamental to film aesthetics (according to theorists like Deleuze and Lyotard), film traditions and paradigms are also conceived as movements, films are often about the experiences of travelling heroes, films travel across borders to reach international audiences, audiences' experiences with foreign films can be seen as transcultural journeys, film makers often make films in a variety of locations and national contexts.

2. To link theorisations of movement in film with representations of journeys and travelling as well as with the displacements characteristic of modern and postmodern experience.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

After the successful completion of the module the students should be able to:
1. engage critically with the concept of movement in cinema
2. demonstrate competence in the application of the theoretical premises of the module
3. demonstrate competent analytical skills in the engagement with the film texts

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.