Exploring Film Studies (P5048)

30 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

You’ll focus on a single set film and its connections to a series of films related to it by director or genre.

By limiting focus and offering you methodological guidance, space for active reflection and detailed feedback on your work, we help you develop subject-specific study skills and methods.

You’ll also increase your knowledge of film’s theoretical underpinnings. This will prepare you for working with film in more advanced ways throughout your degree.

Topics may include:

  • film ‘authorship’ and feminist authorial practice
  • genre, particularly the horror film, art cinema, and the teen film
  • film narration, particularly where trauma disrupts narrative strategies
  • pastiche and intertextuality.


67%: Lecture (Film, Lecture)
33%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Presentation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 270 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. 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: