Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Via wider historical study and across a series of key case studies, Youth and Film will provide a critical overview of how cinemas, globally, have represented youth and growing up. The module will situate its key films within both cultural and film-industry contexts, looking at how films about youth have responded to evolving historical circumstances and cinematic trends. Focusing on a wide range of films from different periods and countries, the module explores the importance of film for how youth is both viewed, and how youth views itself, cinematically.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Critically analyse and discuss varied aesthetic and representational aspects of youth film throughout its history: 1,2Situate youth film within cultural and film-industrial contexts, identifying key trends and tendencies in its production and reception: 1,2Independently identify research questions and apply them to the discussions and case studies within the module: 1,2Undertake and apply independent research across a range of critical and theoretical texts and sources: 1,2Produce independent written and visual work on topics related to the module, developing presentational skills using digital means and tools: 1,2
12 x 2 hour seminar = 24 hours10 x 2 hour screening = 20 hoursConsultation for assessments = 2 hoursClass preparation = 24 hoursPreparation of visual essay = 40 hoursPreparation of critical pieces = 40 hours
1: Reflective Analysis weighted 40%
Description of Module Assessment
Visual EssayStudents will undertake EITHER i) a Visual Essay, comprising 10 chosen film images and 1000 words accompanying text, on a topic and film(s) of their choosing, relating to the aesthetic and representational concerns of youth film; OR ii) a 5-minute recorded Video Essay, comprising film clips and commentary, following the same guidelines. Guidance for completing either component will be provided during the teaching of the module.2: Coursework weighted 60%
Coursework: Two Critical PiecesStudents will complete two critical reflections (each 1250 words) to be undertaken during the module and submitted together at its end. The pieces will respond to key questions informed by the module sessions and will incorporate both designated case studies and the students' chosen films. Students will be encouraged to incorporate critical texts and commentaries via more journalistic means, eg. in hyperlink form, as part of their work. The aim is for these pieces to be prepared and worked through as a by-product and outcome of the module seminars themselves, meaning that students will be able to contribute their own independent research and chosen texts to the weekly teaching content.