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Summer School

How long you will study
4 weeks

Domestic course fees
GBP 3850 per total

How you will study
find out

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 3850 per total

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About Women in Film, Summer School topic at University of Southampton Summer School, University of Southampton

Examining the cultural image of women in cinema and the evolving landscape of film exhibition, this course introduces you to the patchwork of British film culture.

Contemporary British cinema is exciting and wide-ranging, with an internationally recognised and acclaimed creative and commercial industry. Films range from box-office smashes including the Harry Potter and James Bond series, to smaller independent and art-house fare, including films by Shane Meadows and Ben Wheatley. However, women are consistently left out of this picture.   This module will introduce students to a range of contemporary films made by women in Britain. The course aims to uncover some of the problems faced by women in the British film industry, and the ways in which these women attempt to overcome them. Students will engage with an excitingly diverse range of films from mainstream comedies like Bend it Like Beckham, to politically charged period dramas like Suffragette, and powerful social realism films like Fish Tank. Students will work with cutting-edge researchers, including Dr Shelley Cobb and Professor Linda Ruth Williams, who co-wrote the report that revealed the lack of woman in the British film industry. This will give students a unique and unprecedented access to the knowledge, materials and data needed to investigate the problems at hand. Ultimately, this course promises an enriching, stimulating and important examination into a crucial and timely question: where are the women in British cinema?

The course culminates in a trips to the British Film Institute (BFI) and also one of Britain's newest and most popular cultural attractions: The Making of Harry Potter at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Leavesden.

Join us for a summer of British culture and explore our world-leading research.

When you join the International Summer School 2018, you will study up to six exciting topics across the four weeks you are with us. Each topic is delivered by an internationally-recognised member of academic staff at the University of Southampton working in partnership with one of our many enthusiastic postgraduate research students. Across three engaging and interactive classroom sessions, they will introduce you to their topic of choice, explaining why it is important to them and offering you an insight into the world-class research environment they work in.

You will find each topic is a friendly and engaging experience: you will normally study in groups with around 15 – 20 fellow students, allowing you to form good working relationships and have the opportunity to contribute and discuss in class.

Each topic includes a guided trip or excursion to an important cultural site which is relevant to the studies you are undertaking, helping you to put the knowledge you have gained into a real-world context.

You will receive supporting materials in advance of the topic so you can feel well-prepared and you will be provided with a pack of information so you can continue to explore the topic and develop your interest afterwards.


At the end of the course, all students will receive a certificate of attendance.  You can choose to complete the assessed exercises for the International Summer School.  If you complete the assessments, you will receive a transcript from the University of Southampton worth 5 ECTS credits.  The assessments will test your engagement and understanding of each topic you choose to study, and confirm that you have engaged with the cultural experience of joining us at Southampton.  Though subject to confirmation, it is likely this include a multiple choice test, completing a reflective log, and taking part in a group presentation. You should speak with your university to confirm that the ECTS credits can count towards your studies at your home university.

Availability and Choice

The topics available on the summer school are indicative of rich and varied curriculum you will engage with at Southampton. Due to timetabling constraints, some topics will not be available in combination with each other. To ensure a positive experience, spaces on each topic will be limited and places allocated on a first-come-first-served basis after receipt of deposit and response to request for information. No commitment can be made that a particular topic will be available; if you have particular concerns about this, please get in touch using the contact information provided.

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Notes about fees for this course

A deposit of £500 (Pounds Sterling) is required to reserve a place and this payment is non-refundable.

You will be contacted by email with the information about making the finial payment of £3350, including a place in hall accommodation.

The remainder of the costs must be paid up to a month before the Summer School.

Please note you must be 18 years of age or over at the start of the Summer School

Entry requirements

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