Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

American Teen Cinema: Coming of Age on Screen

Module P5034

Module details for 2017/18.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

Adolescence is one of life’s universal experiences. In American Teen Cinema: Coming of Age on Screen you’ll have the opportunity to consider how this crucial life phase is constructed on screen.

American Teen Cinema includes topics such as:

- Constructions of identity, including gender, sexuality, race and class.
- Popular memory and nostalgia
- The exploitation film and youth audiences
- The construction of a relatively new film genre and its scholarship

Considering films such as Rebel Without a Cause (Ray, 1955) and Clueless (Heckerling, 1995), American Teen Cinema promises to provide a critical overview of the genre. What’s more, you’ll have the opportunity to consider the changing industry politics around teen audience, and the shape of the genre as it is being formed. Through weekly seminars and screenings, you will deepen your skills in independent research, and higher-level contextual and textual analysis.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate a coherent and specialist knowledge of the teen movie

Demonstrate understanding of key debates in scholarship related to the topic

Demonstrate an understanding of the industrial and socio-cultural contexts in which these films were produced.

Provide sophisticated critical analysis of a range of teen films, and effectively argue a position.

Demonstrate appropriate capacity for individual research and skills in written communications.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT2 Week 5 30.00%
EssayA2 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
Spring SemesterSeminar2 hours11111111111
Spring SemesterFilm3 hours11111111111

How to read the week pattern

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

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