Module Details

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Title Children, Culture and Cinema
Code COMM214
Coordinator Dr KF Whitehurst
Communication and Media
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 5 FHEQ First Semester 30


To encourage students to explore how norms and values are constructed, reinforced and challenged within children's films.
To provide insight into the audiences children's films address.
To encourage students to think about children's and family films beyond innocent entertainment.
To introduce students to the child as both a consumer and a subject of cinema.
To explore the relationship between children, culture and cinema.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will demonstrate a detailed knowledge of children's films and culture.

(LO2) Students will analyse how norms are constructed in children's cinema.

(LO3) Students will critically analyse filmic texts and demonstrate this ability through visual and auditory means.

(LO4) Students will evaluate the main academic debates and concerns around children's cinema.



Syllabus - topics may include:
Children’s and Family Films – Genre and Marketing and the Address of a Dual Audience
Adaptation – Children’s Literature on the Big Screen
Children’s Play and Cinema
The Child on Screen
Children, Memory and Trauma in Cinema
Gender in Children’s Films
Grown-ups in Children’s Films
Children’s Cinema and the Nation
Diversity in Children’s Films

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures introduce key themes, topics, debates, concepts, and case studies. During the Coronavirus outbreak these lectures will be provided online.
Attendance recorded: Yes

Workshops will include a film screening in the first half of the session. The second half of the session (45 minutes) will encourage group discussion and analysis around a weekly reading and a specific film. These workshops will combine traditional academic discussion with video editing and analysis sessions to prepare students for their assignments. During the Coronavirus outbreak these workshops will be run online.
Attendance recorded: No

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 11


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 124


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Video Essay: A director's cut style analysis of a scene from a children's movie in relation to the major themes and topics explored in the module.  7 minutes    60       
A film review of a children's film or a film that features children/children's culture.  -750 words    40       

Recommended Texts

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