FS10020 Introduction to Film and Media Theory

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module follows and builds on the knowledge of visual language and analysis skills introduced in FS10010 Perspectives on Media 1. In Spring, students will be introduced to a variety of approaches to interpreting and understanding media in context. Topics may include: Gender, Nation, Historical context, Race, Sexuality, and Industrial context among others. The class will include case studies in film, television, and other media forms.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Learning outcomes• Ability to analyse media for its aesthetic representation of social, cultural and political contexts• An understanding of how media changes in relation to technological, historical, and cultural changes • Organise a basic, cogent argument about a media text and defend it with visual and aural evidence from the film, television show, or other media product

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is a lecture based module with accompanying tutorials and film screenings. Tutorials may involve discussion, group work, or other in-class activities. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Annotated bibliography Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Visual analysis from clips. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: What would a theorist say? An exercise in reading and applying theory. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Contributions to tutorials. This will be measured by multiple means of engagement throughout the trimester. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

You will receive feedback and grades on all continuous assessment.