FIL-30021 - Youth and Film: Growing Up on Screen
Coordinator: Neil Archer Tel: +44 1782 7 33202
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

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: 1,2
Situate youth film within cultural and film-industrial contexts, identifying key trends and tendencies in its production and reception: 1,2
Independently identify research questions and apply them to the discussions and case studies within the module: 1,2
Undertake and apply independent research across a range of critical and theoretical texts and sources: 1,2
Produce independent written and visual work on topics related to the module, developing presentational skills using digital means and tools: 1,2

Study hours

12 x 2 hour seminar = 24 hours
10 x 2 hour screening = 20 hours
Consultation for assessments = 2 hours
Class preparation = 24 hours
Preparation of visual essay = 40 hours
Preparation of critical pieces = 40 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Reflective Analysis weighted 40%
Visual Essay
Students 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 Pieces
Students 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.