Film Genre

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Film Genre

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies, Public Relations, Radio/Television/Film, Speech Therapy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE COMPLETED
    Information Skills
    Writing and Communication Skills
    Reading Moving Image (Film and Television)
    Film Narrative

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    1
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    2
  • Overview

    COMPETENCES AND SKILLS THAT WILL BE ACQUIRED AND LEARNING RESULTS.
    1. A broad knowledge of the most important approaches to film genre theory.
    2. A broad knowledge of the history and problems of the main film genres.
    3. A broad knowledge of the hybridation processes afecting Hollywood models in different contexts and the
    development of alternative formulas.
    4. Competence to analyze and discuss the cultural, social and economic functions of film genres, and of their
    historical evolution in different settings.
    DESCRIPTION OF CONTENTS: PROGRAMME
    1. Film Genre Theory: An Introduction.
    2. Hollywood Genres: The Classical Era.
    3. The Globalization of Hollywood: Mimicry and Mutations.
    4. Genres Beyond Hollywood: Alternative Traditions.
    LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND METHODOLOGY
    1. Master classes.
    Theory-based classes. Students will acquire basic knowledge about film genre theory and history. Competences 1, 2 and 3 (1 ECTS).
    2. Practical sessions.
    Fragments of especially relevant or representative films will be screened. Case studies. Competence 4 (0,5 ECTS).
    3 Student's work.
    Guided study of theoretical-practical contents and learning materials. Students will be required to write an essay
    about specific aspects related to the class syllabus. Competences 1, 2, 3 and 4 (1,5 ECTS).
    ASSESSMENT SYSTEM
    - Final examination: 60% of the overall mark.
    - Practice: 40% of the overall mark.
    - Active participation with well-reasoned contributions by students in practical sessions and tutorials is valued andwill raise the overall mark.
    End-of-term-examination: 60%
    Continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals?): 40%
    BASIC BIBLIOGRAPHY
    - ALTMAN, Rick: "Los géneros cinematográficos", (Barcelona, Paidós, 2000).
    - LANGFORD, Barry: "Film Genre: Hollywood and Beyond", (Edimburgo, Edinburgh University Press, 2005).
    - MOINE, Raphaëlle: "Les genres du cinéma", (París, Armand Colin, 2005).
    - GRANT, Barry Keith: "Film Genre: From Iconography to Ideology", (Londres / Nueva York, Wallflower Press,
    2007).
    - GRANT, Barry Keith (ed.): "Film Genre Reader", (Austin, University of Texas Press, 1986 [3ª ed. ampliada,
    2003]).

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

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