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

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn 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.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

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 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: