Module Details

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Title Screen Cultures B
Code COMM744
Coordinator Mr GW Needham
Communication and Media
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ First Semester 15


1. To introduce students to screen cultures as they are formed through the historical, industrial, and political contexts of production and reception.
2. To encourage students to develop advanced moving image analysis skills and use them to differentiate between the forms and practices within a diverse range of screen cultures.
3. To introduce key concepts and key theories in the study of screen cultures as they are historically, culturally, and politically situated.
4. To encourage students to widen their knowledge and understanding of diversity in cinema through the study of marginal and alternative screen cultures.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will demonstrate a detailed knowledge of a range of dominant and marginal screen cultures.

(LO2) Students will demonstrate familiarity with advanced concepts and debates in film studies.

(LO3) Students will demonstrate skills in advanced moving image analysis.

(S1) Researching and locating materials through the effective use of library and information services, bibliographies and electronic sources of knowledge and information

(S2) Academic writing

(S3) Creative thinking and writing techniques

(S4) Time management and project planning



The Screen Cultures B syllabus is organized in two blocks.
Block one: dominant and institutional screen cultures

The first block reflects the institutional or dominant screen cultures that are likely familiar to most audiences. These cultures are often understood through lay terms such as mainstream, popular, Hollywood, or art cinema. Their production and reception are defined by an understanding of screen cultures as an effect of industrial organizations and institutional practices. Sessions may include:
• Classical Hollywood;
• Art Cinemas;
• National Cinemas;
• The Avant-Garde;
• Independent Cinema;
• Children’s Cinema;
• The Star System;
• Early Cinema;
• The Teen Movie.

Block two: marginal and alternative screen cultures

The second block of Screen Cultures B attends to the alternative and marginal screen cul tures that have emerged beyond and outside of those dominant cinemas explored in block one. These screen cultures may be less familiar but have been central to particular audiences, political contexts, and sites of exhibition. Many of the screen cultures in this block seek to challenge the hegemony of those case studies from the first block. Sessions may include:
• Feminist film;
• Exploitation Film;
• Underground Cinema;
• Artists’ Film;
• Queer Film;
• Post-Colonial and Diasporic Film;
• Video art;
• Pornography;
• Scottish and Irish Cinema

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Screen Cultures B will be taught as a two-hour interactive workshop. In the second half of the workshop, student groups will facilitate seminar-style activities which is an assessed component.
This activity may be online or on campus and could be subject to changes.

Attendance Recorded: Yes

Self-directed learning - Reading, researching and preparing for assignments.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           24

Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 126


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Academic essay  2700-3300 words    100       
production of a detailed essay plan           

Recommended Texts

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