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Doing Film, Media and Cultural Studies

Overview

  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 4
  • Assessment: a 2000-word academic essay exercise (50%) and 2000-word critical practice essay (50%)

Module description

This module introduces you to academic and creative practices in the interdisciplinary fields of film, media and cultural studies. You will learn how to effectively research, evaluate and employ academic ideas in both your coursework and in your interaction with fellow students. This includes learning about scholarly writing and communication, formal conventions such as referencing techniques, and bringing theoretical ideas into conversation with your professional and creative practice.

In addition to academic techniques, this module also aims to help you establish yourself as a skilled media practitioner. You will learn about how to best navigate and benefit from London as a remarkable global hub for the fields of film, media and culture. There will be opportunities to experiment with more professional or creative use of the media technologies and techniques available in everyday life, such as mobile devices and social media. And, you will be encouraged to see yourself as a media or creative practitioner from day one, developing your professional identity both online and off.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the engagement of film, media and cultural studies as an interdisciplinary field which despite its myriad specialisations shares important general characteristics
  • critically observe and reflect upon the role of film, media and culture in your everyday experience, as well as in relation to broader social and political issues
  • navigate and benefit from London as a hub of activity in the fields of film, media and culture
  • make more professional or creative use of the media technologies and techniques available in everyday life (e.g. mobile devices, social media, etc).