Exploring Film Studies (P5048)

30 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

You will explore two of the most significant critical frameworks in film studies: authorship and genre.

During the first half of term, you will develop your understanding of film authorship by analysing two case studies: an individual director and a studio.

In the second half of term, you will learn about the historical evolution of a specific genre and explore ideas of genre hybridity and genre revisionism.

By building your knowledge of these critical frameworks, the module will help you to hone skills in research and analysis that you will continue to develop throughout your degree.


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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


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