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MA Film and Television Studies Postgraduate Modules

Autumn Term 2015

Spring Term 2016

Summer Term 2016


Core Module (Mondays, 10-4, A1.27)

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This core module aims to explore significantmethodologiesand conceptual frameworks which are central to the study of audio-visual media. The module will be divided into three sections: (I) textual analysis; (II) historiography, and (III) theoretical and conceptual paradigms. The module provides a grounding in key concepts and methods, but will also encourage an advanced level of reflection on the key areas addressed. The module is taught through a combination of screenings, presentations, reading and discussion and this document details the work for each week, the required and suggested further reading and assessment.


The following sessions are attended by all students in the Autumn term and are delivered by staff from the Department of Film and Television Studies: Projection and Steenbeck Training, Oral Presentation and Powerpoint, Image Capture and Downloading, Choosing and Organising a Dissertation, Doing a Literature Review, Writing Essays, Library and Archive Research Skills, Writing a PhD Proposal and Applying for Funding.


During this term you will undertake intensive research toward your chosen dissertation topic.


In the Summer term you will continue to work on your chosen dissertation topic.


Plus one of the following option modules:

Plus two of the following option modules:



Module Tutor: Dr. Catherine Constable

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This module explores the new and rapidly developing field of Film-Philosophy. The module aims to give those of you without a philosophical background the means to consider aspects of key philosophical works, such as Plato's Republic and Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations. The module will examine the diverse ways in which these different philosophical writings have been taken up and applied to film, focusing on the work of key theorists including Thomas Wartenberg and Stanley Cavell. Film is allocated a variety of roles in philosophical writing - from acting as a good example of a particular philosophical argument to actively adapting and changing the philosophical system that it references. The module will enable us to consider a key question: ‘in what ways can film do philosophy?’