Sociology of Film

Final year module

Lecturer: Dr Gezim Alpion

The module provides an introduction to some of the main approaches to the study of cinema within the Sociology of Film enabling students to develop an understanding of cinema as a social and cultural institution and the extent to which films allow creative artists achieve sociological insights. Key concepts such as spectatorship, audience, genre and ideology are explored through an analysis of selected filmic texts and critical readings.

In the first term, the focus is on cinematic codes, the studio system, authorship, spectatorship, narrative, characterization, star analysis, and genre criticism (e.g. the Western, the gangster film).

In the second term, the issues covered include representation, social divisions and inequalities (e.g. 'race', gender, class, sexuality, religion), relationship between cinema and national identity, ideology, mass culture theory, heritage films, cinematic city, postmodern cinema, and World Cinema (e.g. Bollywood, West Bengal Cinema).

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of key themes, issues and debates relating to the study of cinema within the Sociology of Film
  • Analyse and discuss filmic material in relation to broader social and cultural contexts
  • Apply key theoretical concepts to a variety of filmic texts


  • Term One/Two: 1 x 4,000 word assessed work (50%)
  • Term Three: 3 hour examination (50%)