Film Topics

Course Information
TitleΘέματα Κινηματογράφου / Film Topics
CodeΛογ 542
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600003994


Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Anglikés kai Amerikanikés SpoudésElective CoursesWinter/Spring-10

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Required Courses
  • Λογ 591 Research Methods and Tools
General Prerequisites
Students must be familiar with research methods and the use of digital technologies in compiling bibliographies/filmographies and in writing research papers or projects. Also, a basic theoretical background would be desirable in the following fields of knowledge: audiovisual language, elements of narratology, basics in literary and film theory, history of Art and the Cinema, Elements of Psychoanalytic Theory, Elements of Cultural Studies and film genre theory and Criticism.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students are expected to have acquired a certain amount of knowledge and skills, such as: extensive knowledge of film theories, a deep knowledge of the artistic work of a film auteur, e.g. Alfred Hitchcock, very good knowledge of film genres and auteur theory, as well as a good knowledge of the evolution of cinema within a cultural framework. In addition, students will exercise their skills in public talks and presentations, in the preparation of audiovisual materials including techniques of montage, as well as skills in close reading and in critical analysis of audiovisual and literary texts.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Course Title: Film Theory and Criticism: Masters of the Cinema. Alfred Hitchcock. The course is organized in the following manner: The entire oeuvre of the auteur is divided in 5 time periods. Each student or group of students choose a particular period to do research in and to study the particular films of the period, which will be presented in class (both Powerpoint presentations and video-clips arranged through montage). There will be a historical analysis of the production period, its cultural climate and the particular auteur characteristics will be assessed (duration 5 weeks). On Week 6 a general discussion will involve self-evaluation of the student presentations as well some conclusions on the work of Hitchcock. The second part of the course will be devoted to the presentation of projects that each student or groups of students will have chosen to prepare for presentation in class. The projects will focus on a thematic issue concerning the work of the auteur approached from a particular theoretical perspective or a combination of theories. The presentations will have the same characteristics as those of the first part of the course. The last session of the course will be devoted to the drawing of conclusions and an (self)appraisal of the students' aptitude.
film auteur, time period, critical analysis, presentations, theories, evaluation
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
use of software for in-class presentations (powerpoint or prezi) Audiovisual clips arranged by digital editing techniques Use of the electronic platform for disseminating the teaching material use of software for electronic communication with students electronic course evaluation
Course Organization
Reading Assigment702.5
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities
Written assigments301.1
Student Assessment
Research capabilities (bibliography, filmography, collecting and evaluating data) critical thinking, deploying ideas, personal expression and communication skills' ability in handling digital technologies in presentations, representations writing critical essays skills
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
(Indicative) Sloan E. Jane Alfred Hitchcock: The Definitive Filmography and Bibliography Berkley: univ.of California Press, 1995 Spoto, Donald. The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock.New York: Ballantine,1983. Truffaut, Francois. Hitchcock. New York: Simon and Shuster,1984. Rothman, William. The Murderous Gaze. Cambridge,Mass.: Harvard Univ.Press,1982. Condon, Paul and Jim Sangster. The Complete Hitchcock. London: Virgin, 1999. Ryall, Tom. Hitchcock and the British Cinema. London: Athlone,1986. Sterrit,David. The Films of Alfred Hitchcock.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,1993. Wood,Robin.Hitchcock's Films Revisited. New York: Columbia univ. Press,1989.
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