Radical Film And Television FTV4052

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

An exploration of radical film and television in French Surrealism, Soviet Montage, Hollywood and Third Cinema.


1 x 3 hr seminar per week over 10 weeks, as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in Film and Television Studies 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 requirements for Honours entry into Film and Television Studies, and by arrangement to visiting students or student of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses





Essay 1 (1,500 words) - 30 %
Essay 2 (3,500 words) - 70%

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 aims to:

■ explore the extent to which cinema and television have provided a space for the representation of both radical ideas and radical aesthetics

■ introduce students to a wide range of radical texts from French Surrealism to Soviet Montage, from Hollywood to Third Cinema, analysing feature films, documentaries and television drama

■ examine what is at stake in the attempt to challenge mainstream aesthetic norms and political ideologies

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ understand of a variety of radical movements in cinema and television

■ contextualise the aesthetic choices made by filmmakers and place them within historical and contextual settings

■ relate matters of aesthetic form to debates about the politics of form

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.