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Theories of the Moving Image (FI 108)


Theories of the Moving Image introduces key theoretical concepts related to film form, spectatorship, and politics. The module will enable you to read film theory as a written text and a historical document, and to use it as a theoretical tool for interpreting screen media. As a theory course, the module will give you the skills needed to approach theoretical texts, and we will be focusing as much on analysing written arguments as discussing the screenings. By the end of the module you will be familiar with some of the key theoretical frameworks and debates in film scholarship, and their position within broader interdisciplinary contexts. You should be able to read complex critical writing with confidence and precision, and to deploy theoretical arguments in your own writing with similar confidence and rigor. You will be able to apply theoretical frameworks to screen media texts in both oral and written communication.

Module Schedule

Lecture: 9 am – 10 am

Screening: 9 am – 12 pm

Seminar One: 1:00 – 2:15 pm

Seminar Two: 2:30 – 3:45 pm


1 x essay, 2,000 words 30%

1 x essay, 2,000 words 30%

Examination: 2 hours 40%


Module Resources


Module Leaders

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Dr. Michele Aaron


Professor Catherine Constable