Film Musicals (P4105B)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

This module will examine the musical, tracing the development and ideological implications of this Hollywood genre.

The module is divided into two sections. The first section will analyse the Hollywood musical through a specific focus on genre: the show/backstage musical, the fairy tale musical, the folk musical, the ‘new’ musical and recent developments in the genre such as the ‘karaoke’ musical.

The second section of the module will focus on the cultural debates raised by the musical text. Topics may include: race and ethnicity in the musical; camp and the musical; (hetero)sexuality and the musical and subcultural identification and the musical.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 55 hours of contact time and about 95 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. 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.