Modules for course W6AG | MA/FILM
MA Film Studies

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • UXS-4038: Media, Culture & Creativity (30)
    This module encourages creative practitioners to situate their work within an academic context, as well as enabling researchers to engage with creative work as a form of academic enquiry. Students will explore the nature of creative research from the perspective of a number of disciplines, including science, psychology and the creative arts. The relationship between creativity and knowledge will be explored and creativity will be placed within a theoretical context that includes intention, innovation and practice. The process of creativity and the effect of research on creativity and practice will be explored. Students will have the opportunity to consider the research process, looking at elements, principles and theories of how creative and critical research correlate. Research design and methodology will be critically evaluated in order to assess the role of creative practice within research, looking especially at the types of research question for which creative practice is a suitable methodology, and how the consequences of the results of this research affect future actions. The module will prepare students, especially those going on to the Ph.D. or into employment in the culture and/or creative industries, with creative and critical self-consciousness, intellectual sophistication and scholarly confidence, whatever their specialist medium, period or genre.
  • UXS-4052: Research Design (30)
    Topics to be covered include: • Module introduction, choosing a dissertation topic and constructing a research question. • Constructing a literature search. Critical analysis of existing works. • Research Methodologies. • Quantitative Methodology. • Qualitative Methodology. • Ethical Issues in Research. • Structure, Argument and Analysis. • Sources of Primary Material. • Preparing an Research Plan. • Giving an Oral Presentation. • Bibliography and Referencing

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  • UXS-4099: Masters Dissertation (60) (Semester 3)
    The dissertation provides students with the opportunity to work with a specialist supervisor in the production of an extended piece of writing or practice. The work will, of necessity, go through a number of stages, and the supervisor will support the student in the effective revision of their work. The student will receive individual guidance. As well as developing high levels skills in rsearch and presentation, students will also develop important skills of self management.

Optional Modules

60 credits from:

  • LXM-4011: Visions of the City in Fr. cin (30) (Semester 2)
    This course will explore representations of the city in French films since 1995. It will be based around four key films that share a focus on issues of exclusion, such as the place of immigrants / foreigners in modern French cities and also tensions between city centres and peripheries of major urban areas. The extent to which the four key films fit in with the renewal of social and political film making since 1995 will be assessed, as will whether they reproduce or challenge political and cinematic clichés (e.g. representations of immigrants / ethnic minorities). This will be complemented by analysis and discussion of the relationship between cinematic techniques and political ideas in all of the films studied. Guy Austin, Contemporary French Cinema: An Introduction (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1996). Susan Hayward, French National Cinema, (London and New York: Routledge, 2005). Susan Hayward, Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts (London and New York: Routledge, 2000). O’Shaughnessy, Martin. 2003. ‘Post-1995 French Cinema: Return of the Social, Return of the Political?’, Modern and Contemporary France, 11 (2): 189-203. Journal accessible via library website. Phil Powrie (ed.), French cinema in the 1990s : continuity and difference (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999). Phil Powrie and Keith Reader (eds.), French Cinema: A Student’s Guide (London: Arnold, 2002). Carrie Tarr, Reframing Difference: beur and banlieue film-making in France (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2005).
  • UXS-4718: US History & Politics onScreen (30) (Semester 2)
  • UXS-4720: Film Research Project (30) (Semester 2)