Animals and Screen Media (P5060)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn 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.

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.