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.


60%: Lecture (Film)
40%: 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.

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: