Animals and Screen Media (P5060)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

You will be introduced to some key critical and theoretical debates related to the representation of animals in the media as well as scholarship related to the ‘animal turn’ in philosophy, history and cultural studies.

Media texts will be analysed in order to explore the historical, industrial and technological contexts that have shaped the representation of animals on screen from the birth of cinema to YouTube. The module will address the representation of animals and human-animal relations across various media cultures, including early cinema, popular film and television, animation, avant-garde film, wildlife film and television, and online video.


50%: Lecture (Film)
50%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Presentation)

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.