Course: British and American Film I

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Course title British and American Film I
Course code KAJ/7BAK1
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Koy Christopher Erwin, PhDr. M.A., Ph.D.
Course content
Week 1 Defending Empire: Khartoum (1966) Week 2 Defending Empire: Khartoum [finish] Week 3 Crossing Borders: Breakfast on Pluto (2005) Week 4 Crossing Borders: Breakfast on Pluto [finish] Week 5 Royalty Kills: Lady Jane (1986) Week 6 Royalty Kills: Lady Jane [finish] Week 7 Clash of Traditional & Modern: Great Expectations (1998) Week 8 Clash of Traditional & Modern: Great Expectations [finish] Week 9 Bankrupting the Bank: Rogue Trader (1999) Week 10 Misunderstood misfit: Butcher Boy (1999) Week 11 Misunderstood misfit: Butcher Boy [finish] Week 12 Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew (1971) Week 13 Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew [finish]

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book), Demonstration, Activating (simulations, games, drama)
Learning outcomes
The course is to acquaint students with examples of classic modern films in English. Through the study of various cinematographic forms, styles and genres in historical chronology, students will acquire the skills necessary for a greater grasp of the study of films. Qualified critical evaluation of films requires the application of an interdisciplinary approach, which combines knowledge from aesthetics, art history as well as from cultural and literary studies. In addition to understanding the techniques used by film critics, students have the opportunity to become acquainted with a wide range of British and American films. (The course is taught a native speaker.)
Communicative competence. Aiming at language level B2
Language level B1 according to the CEFR Credits for this subject can also be earned on the basis of presenting the B2 First exam certificate with grades A or B, awarded not more than five years ago.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, Essay, Student performance assessment, Analysis of student's language skills, Test

All consultations are held in English. Active participation. An essay (writing about a novel and its film adaptation and its presentation in the seminar).
Recommended literature
  • ARBEIT, M. and TRUšNíK, R.. Cult Fiction and Cult Film: Multiple Perspectives. PU Olomouc, 2008.
  • ASHBY, J. British Cinema, Past and Present. New York: Routledge, 2000.
  • BORDWELL, D., THOMPSON, K. Film History: An Introduction. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003.
  • COOK, D. A History of Narrative Film. New York, 1990.
  • MAST, G., COHEN, M. (eds.). Film Theory and Criticism (An Anthology). New York, Oxford UP, 1987.
  • PARKINSON, D. History of Film. London: Thames and Hudson, 1995.

Study plans that include the course
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