Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

FTV2A: Spectatorship, Audiences And Identities FTV2001

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Traces key critical approaches to film and television audiences. Starting with an exploration of 'apparatus theory' and understandings of the cinema-goer as 'spectator', classes then examine challenges to these models, and the emergence of scholarship around 'social' audiences and historically-contingent viewing practices. Questions of identity and representation provide focus throughout.


Lectures: Thursday 2-3; Friday 9-11
Seminar and screening: weekly

Requirements of Entry

Satisfactory completion of both Level 1 courses with neither course attaining less than grade D.


Film and Television Studies 2B: History and Aesthetics (9JAU) is a co-requisite for progress to Honours.


Essay 1 (2000 words) - 35%

Essay 2 (2000 - 2500 words) - 55%

Seminar Contribution - 10%

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The Course will provide the opportunity to:

■ Introduce students to key theoretical and critical debates associated with the study of film and television as popular cultural forms

■ Develop students' skills in textual, historical and industrial analyses of film and television

■ Introduce theories of national and cultural identities as key critical contexts for the study of cinematic and televisual representations, their production and consumption

■ Encourage critical and reflexive discussion of theories associated with the study of film and television

■ Provide students with a shared foundation in the theory and criticism of film and television

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course student will be able to:

■ Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key theoretical and critical debates taking place within film and television theory

■ Appreciate some of the methodological and political issues raised by various approaches to the study of film and television texts, histories, industries and audiences

■ Read the relevant texts critically and reflexively and be able to identify problems arising from them clearly, for discussion in seminars

■ Present ideas critically, clearly and coherently in academic essays and other written work, developing well-structured arguments and observing scholarly disciplines of referencing, footnoting and bibliography

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.