American Teen Cinema: Coming of Age on Screen (P5034)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module examines the formal strategies, narrative conventions, and industrial contexts of teen cinema in a manner that promises to engage Film, Media and Cultural Studies students alike. While the module moves from the 1950s to the present day, we are not simply concerned with the histori-cal development of a genre. Topics will include questions of exploitation, industry and audience, while thinking through constructions of gender, sexuality, race and class. Since youth is mediated through an adult lens, we will engage with issues of nostalgia and methodology. You will deepen your skills in independent research and higher-level contextual and textual analysis.

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 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 55 hours of contact time and about 245 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.