Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
The module aims to introduce students to a range of cultural representations, mainly but not exclusively cinematic, of a variety of urgent twenty-first century global issues, from the climate emergency to the rise of AI technologies. The "Apocalypse" in the title is understood in both senses of the word: forces of destruction (such as of the environment, of privacy and rights) and counterforce of revelation, engaging by developing skills in close analysis with how media both represent and ideologically contain urgent issues.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Examine critically how contemporary media represent urgent political issues: 1,2Compare the ways in which twenty-first century apocalypses are conceptualised across different media forms and genres: 2Engage with formal features of contemporary media to see how the medium shapes our understanding of and response to urgent global issues: 1,2Develop skills in the close analysis of visual and or literary works: 1,2Engage with urgent contemporary global issues: 1,2Research widely in order to contextualise the representation of one or more issues of urgent contemporary crisis: 2
Teaching Hours (38):11 x 2-hour seminars (= 22 hours) [Week 6 has no seminar, to enable students to focus on their Short Paper]10 x 1-hour lectures (= 10 hours)6 x 1-hour workshops (= 6 hours)Independent Study hours (112):32 hours preparing for classes30 hours preparing for Short Paper50 hours preparing for Essay
1: Short Paper weighted 30%
Description of Module Assessment
Short Paper of 1,000 wordsShort Paper of 1,000 words, in which students will apply the module's framework ideas to one of the first set texts, and/or a text of their own choosing, in order to demonstrate skills in close analysis of visual and/or literary works and an engagement with urgent contemporary global issues.2: Essay weighted 70%
Long essay, of 2,000 wordsThe long essay of 2,000 words is intended to test students' abilities to research widely in order to contextualise the representation of one or more issues of urgent contemporary crisis and develop an argument based on the close analysis of texts and/or visual detail supported by illustrating images.