Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

Viewing Women

Module P3047

Module details for 2017/18.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

Early work on the relation of women to film considered woman's 'to-be-looked-at-ness', examining representations of women as objects of the male gaze, constructions 'cut to the measure of [male] desire' (Laura Mulvey). Further work considered the female spectator, positioned by particular film and television genres (melodrama, the 'woman's film', horror), and to the complex interaction of this positioning with women's position as members of social audiences, culturally situated and constructing from texts their own meanings and pleasures. More recent work has focused on mainstream film as postfeminist, and on the ways in which films produced by women have responded to this new cultural moment.

This module will trace these cultural shifts and developing and interacting strands of research, exploring questions about the relationship between films and their cultural context, between mainstream and feminist films, and between films and their female spectators and audiences. It will draw upon the wealth of feminist research in seeking to understand film texts and their representations and positioning of women.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate a coherent and specialist knowledge of feminist film and media theory and criticism.

Identify, describe and evaluate approaches central to this body of work, including leading contemporary scholarship.

Apply these approaches, orally and in written form, in the critical analysis of film, and where applicable, television texts, and effectively argue a position.

Work effectively independently and collaboratively.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
PresentationT1 Week 11 (20 minutes)30.00%
EssayA1 Week 1 70.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours111111111110
Autumn SemesterFilm4 hours111111111110

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Prof Sue Thornham

Convenor, Assess convenor

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