BA Film Studies and Linguistics / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course description

Our BA Film Studies and Linguistics course will enable you to study film from a range of historical and theoretical perspectives while delving into the unique human faculty of language.

You will learn through taught units and screenings that focus on both classical and contemporary films, covering a wide range of film cultures from around the world. You will study both mainstream and non-mainstream films to broaden your understanding of the history of film, as well as the debates and issues that are informing and generated by current practice in film and shaping its future.

You will also develop an understanding of how film engages with socio-cultural and political concerns, placing the films you study in their historical context, as well as thinking about current debates and future challenges for cinema as a medium.

The course emphasises historical and theoretical approaches to studying film rather than practical production, encouraging you to develop as an independent critical thinker able to work in a diverse range of assessment scenarios, taking in solo written assignments, presentations and, on certain units, group work and creative projects that enable you to put theory into practice.

Through your Linguistics units, you will explore how languages arise, change and die, how children acquire their first language, how adults learn a second or foreign language, differences between the speech of men and women, how we communicate as individuals and within groups and what happens when speakers of different languages come into contact.

You will also be able to develop transferable skills in quantitative methods.

Special features

Placement year option

Apply your subject-specific knowledge in a real-world context through a placement year in your third year of study, enabling you to enhance your employment prospects, clarify your career goals and build your external networks. 

Study abroad

You may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during Year 2. Exchange partners are offered through the Erasmus Exchange scheme (in Sweden) and the Worldwide Exchange scheme (eg USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore).

Teaching and learning

In Film Studies, you'll attend film screenings, which are designed to enable you to advance your interpretive skills and better understand the distinctive qualities of film as a medium.

There is also emphasis on close analysis, through which you'll learn to interpret films and their discursive surround, including relevant paratexts (eg promotional material such as trailers and posters).

You will be taught in lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical group projects. Practical work is generally workshop-based, and not all projects culminate in public performance.

In Linguistics, you'll be taught through a mixture of formal lectures, tutorials and one-to-one supervision.

For every hour spent at university, you will be expected to complete a further two to three hours of independent study, which could be spent reading, producing written work, revising for examinations or working in the University's Language Centre.

Coursework and assessment

In Film Studies, assessment includes:

  • essays
  • seminar presentations and participation
  • exams
  • practical work.

In Linguistics, assessment includes:

  • written examinations
  • oral presentations
  • different types of coursework.

Coursework may include library research, linguistic fieldwork and data collection, or web-based research.

Many course units are assessed through a mixture of techniques. In your final year, you can choose to write a dissertation.

Course content for year 1

Take three core units that establish the conceptual building blocks of studying film, as well as providing you with a thorough grounding in major developments in early and classical cinema, before progressing into the various 'new wave' movements and developments in contemporary cinema.

You will also gain a solid grounding in a wide variety of linguistics topics.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
The Art of Film DRAM10031 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Early and Classical Cinema DRAM13331 20 Mandatory
English Word and Sentence Structure LELA10301 20 Mandatory
Introduction to World Cinema SALC11002 20 Mandatory
The Sounds of Language LELA10322 20 Optional
Study of Meaning LELA10332 20 Optional
History and Varieties of English LELA10342 20 Optional

Course content for year 2

You will be able to select from a range of specialist study options on specific issues in Film Studies and focus on aspects of American, British, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian or Spanish and Portuguese language cinema with a particular interest in questions of identity and representation - how have films perpetuated or subverted notions of gender, sexuality, national identity, ethnicity and class?

Choose from a wide range of optional Linguistics units tapping into academic expertise in a number of specialist fields.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Screen, Culture and Society DRAM20041 20 Mandatory
American Film Studies AMER20072 20 Optional
Visual Cultures in China and East Asia CHIN22521 20 Optional
Contemporary British Cinema DRAM20031 20 Optional
Black on Screen DRAM20092 20 Optional
A Score is Born: History and Ideology in Hollywood Film Music DRAM20711 20 Optional
Video Project 1: Documentary DRAM21091 20 Optional
Horror Film: Genre, Periods, Styles DRAM21262 20 Optional
Virtual Realities DRAM21282 20 Optional
French Cinema to 1980 FREN20142 20 Optional
Core Themes in Animated Film and Visual Culture of Postwar Japan JAPA20131 20 Optional
Language, Mind and Brain LELA10201 20 Optional
The Sounds of Language LELA10322 20 Optional
History and Varieties of English LELA10342 20 Optional
From Text to Linguistic Evidence LELA10401 20 Optional
Phonology LELA20012 20 Optional
Analysing Grammar LELA20022 20 Optional
Typology LELA20032 20 Optional
Societal Multi-lingualism LELA20102 20 Optional
Quantitative Methods in Language Sciences LELA20231 20 Optional
Semantics LELA20281 20 Optional
Pragmatics: Meaning, Context, and Interaction LELA20291 20 Optional
Variationist Sociolinguistics LELA20501 20 Optional
Psycholinguistics LELA20962 20 Optional
Stylistics of English LELA21511 20 Optional
God at the Movies RELT20631 20 Optional
Spanish Linguistics SPLA20772 20 Optional
Hispanic Cinemas SPLA20841 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 28 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

You can select from a wide range of Film Studies units covering different countries, genres and issues, as well as Linguistics units spanning subjects as diverse as forensic linguistics, sociolinguistics, and formal semantics and syntax.

You can also choose to write a dissertation.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Long Essay in Drama DRAM30000 20 Optional
Video Project 2 - Docufiction DRAM30062 40 Optional
Dissertation DRAM30990 40 Optional
From Documentary to Mockumentary DRAM31011 20 Optional
Falstaff and Gandalf go to the Movies: Adapting Fantastic Texts to Screen DRAM31042 20 Optional
Screen Acting & Stardom DRAM33302 20 Optional
Screening the Holocaust GERM30481 20 Optional
Phonology LELA20012 20 Optional
Analysing Grammar LELA20022 20 Optional
Typology LELA20032 20 Optional
Societal Multi-lingualism LELA20102 20 Optional
Quantitative Methods in Language Sciences LELA20231 20 Optional
Semantics LELA20281 20 Optional
Pragmatics: Meaning, Context, and Interaction LELA20291 20 Optional
Variationist Sociolinguistics LELA20501 20 Optional
Psycholinguistics LELA20962 20 Optional
Stylistics of English LELA21511 20 Optional
Dissertation LELA30000 40 Optional
Topics in the Study of Meaning in English LELA30032 20 Optional
Language Contact LELA30291 20 Optional
English Phonology Past and Present LELA30441 20 Optional
Speech Community: Manchester English LELA30522 20 Optional
Topics in Language Development LELA30671 20 Optional
Minimalist Syntax LELA30971 20 Optional
Attitudes to Language in the English-Speaking World LELA31482 20 Optional
Forensic Linguistics in English LELA31632 20 Optional
Romance Linguistics LELA32002 20 Optional
Spanish Linguistics SPLA20772 20 Optional
Social Issues in Portuguese and Spanish Film SPLA30642 20 Optional
The Supernatural in Latin American Literature and Film SPLA31132 20 Optional
From Sherlock Holmes to CSI UCIL32511 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 31 course units for year 3

Facilities

Phonetics Lab
Undergraduate students can use the Phonetics Lab under supervision.

Study with us and you'll have exclusive access to award-winning learning resources, including some of the city's key cultural assets such as John Rylands Library, Manchester Museum and the Whitworth.

For Film Studies, the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama is a purpose-built creative facility that includes a flexible, fully equipped performance space, workshops, rehearsal rooms and screening rooms, as well as the Lenagan Library - our dedicated performing arts library.

For Linguistics, you will be able to access various resources to enhance your learning, including an extensive collection of linguistics texts and our psycholinguistics and phonetics laboratories, with facilities for:

  • signal analysis
  • speech synthesis
  • laryngography
  • electropalatography.

Find out more on the Facilities pages for Drama and Linguistics .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk