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.


58%: Lecture (Film)
42%: 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 2023/24. 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: