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Unit information: Introduction to Film and Television Studies in 2021/22

Unit name Introduction to Film and Television Studies
Unit code FATV10005
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Maingard
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Film and Television
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit examines key concepts and approaches in film and television studies. Central ideas in the development and practices of these disciplines – such as auteurism, genre, national cinema, realism, representation and ideology – will be examined through close readings of scholarly texts, and the analysis of case studies and examples drawn from the history of film and television. In doing so, this introduction to film and television studies will engage with questions of the distinctive place of these media – as popular and artistic forms – within culture and society.


  1. To develop skills in using key terms and analytical approaches in the study of film and television;
  2. To develop an understanding and appreciation of how the study of film and television reates to and differs from other modes of artistic and cultural analysis;
  3. To explore key conceptual, cultural and social aspects of film and television;
  4. To write essays that articulate and illustrate a cogent argument based on the application of key approaches to film and television.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. engage critically with key intellectual paradigms within film and television studies and put them to productive use;
  2. apply knowledge and understanding of how film and television genres and narratives function and can be analysed;
  3. articulate and illustrate a cogent argument using key concepts in film and television studies;
  4. employ discipline-specific vocabularies and approaches in the analysis of film television.

Teaching Information

Weekly seminar, lecture and screening, supported by self-directed tasks where appropriate.

Assessment Information

2000-word essay (50%, ILOs 1-4) + 2000-word essay (50%, ILOs 1-4)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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