Welcome to Film Studies at Keele. We hope that you will very much enjoy studying here, and that you will find the modules we teach stimulating and interesting. The aim of this handbook is to give you all the information you will need during your time at Keele, and particularly during your first year.
Film Studies is a wide-ranging and challenging discipline to study at undergraduate level. It aims to expose you to many texts that you would not encounter otherwise, and to stretch your thinking in relation to texts with which you may already be familiar. Film is an intrinsically interdisciplinary subject, drawing on areas including media, English, history, sociology, psychology, drama and politics. It is therefore highly suited to Keele’s focus on joint honours degrees.
You will probably find that the levels of reading are higher than you have been accustomed to at A-Level or in your access course, and that you are expected to study them in greater depth at a greater speed. We are here to guide you through this process and to help you to reach your academic potential, through lectures, tutorials and seminars, but also through feedback on your essays and exams and through individual meetings in consultation hours. Help and advice are available from many people as part of their job: course tutors, module convenors, personal tutors, the Director of Film Studies, Erasmus and Study Abroad tutors, administrators, student representatives, and the Head of School.
Film Studies is part of the School of Humanities, which is in turn part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Head of the School of Humanities is Professor David Amigoni and the Head (or Dean) of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is Professor David Shepherd. The programme director for Film Studies is Dr Beth Johnson (see p.5 for contact details).
We hope that you will find most of the key information that you will need at the start of your course in this booklet. A version of the handbook is available for you to download or consult online. You can access it at: http://www.keele.ac.uk/filmstudies//handbooks or on the KLE page for the Reading Film module.
Film Studies as Part of a Joint Honours Degree Students take Film as part of a joint honours degree, combining their programme of study with courses in subjects ranging from history and music to psychology and biology. We hope that you will feel that your work is being supported on both sides of your degree, and that you will benefit from the interdisciplinary perspective that your studies will give you.
Where Are We? Many of the Film tutors’ offices are located towards the end of Chancellor’s Building B (CBB2: also known as the ‘banana’). Our administrators are based in the School of Humanities Office (CBB0.072), which is in the lowest floor of the same part of the building.
Contacting Us Do contact us if you have any concerns or queries. There are several ways of doing this:
In person at the School of Humanities Office (CBB0.072)
Many of your questions about administration, assessments and so on can be answered in person by Mrs Christine Edge. They will also forward any written notes from you to our pigeon holes.
Opening hoursMonday to Friday 8.450am-5pm, closed 1pm-2pm for lunch during vacations only.
In person at tutors’ rooms during consultation hours or by appointment
By far the best way to get hold of members of staff is by calling in on us during one of our designated CONSULTATION HOURS. You will receive information by e-mail about these times and, just in case you forget them, tutors have details of their hours posted on their doors. Most tutors will have two consultation hours per week, but they will be happy to see you at other times if you contact them to set up an alternative meeting time.
Please try to ring ON THE HOUR to avoid disrupting tutorials. You can leave messages for us on our phones, or through the staff in the Humanities Office.
You can e-mail your tutor at the relevant Keele address. Please remember, however, that the e-mail system is not 100% reliable and e-mails can go missing. If you have important information to convey to your tutor, or a question you need answered, it is usually better, and often a lot faster, to speak to them by phone or in person, or leave a phone message.
NEVER submit your work as an e-mail attachment, unless you have been given specific permission to do so because of extraordinary circumstances.
Tutors’ rooms and contact details
Professor Joe Andrew firstname.lastname@example.org Room: CBB2.058 Tel: 33291
Dr Beth Johnson email@example.com Room: CCB2.054 Tel: 34576
Programme Director for Film Studies
Dr Nick Bentley firstname.lastname@example.org Room: CBB2.057 Tel: 33304
Professor David Amigoni email@example.com Room: CBB1.038 Tel: 33398
Head of School
Dr Neil Archer, firstname.lastname@example.org Room: CBB1.051 Tel: 33202
Dr. Mark Featherstone email@example.com Room: CBC0.014 Tel: 334179
Professor Oliver Harris firstname.lastname@example.org Room: CBB1.053 Tel: 33016