Film & Television Studies MA

Screen Histories FTV1010

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Screen Histories sets out to introduce students to the histories of film and television. It explores examples from a range of geographical locations and offers canonical and alternative accounts of film and television histories (including from non-western and marginalised groups). The course also integrates introduction of key methods for the exploration of film and television history.


20 x 1 hour lectures on Monday 11am and Wednesday 11am over 10 weeks as scheduled in MyCampus.

10 x 1 hour weekly seminars (choice of times) as scheduled in MyCampus.

10 x 2 hour screenings on Tuesday 4pm over 10 weeks as scheduled in MyCampus

Excluded Courses





Audio-Visual Presentation (5 minutes) - 40%

Essay (2000 words) - 50%

Seminar Contribution -10%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:


■ Introduce students to film and television history, from Western and non-western perspectives

■ Encourage students to reflect of film and television history and how it is constructed

■ Give students experience in constructing arguments about the different types/styles of film and television history and their significance

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Demonstrate knowledge of conventional film and television history and how it has been questioned within the field.

■ Evaluate different approaches to film and television history.

■ Construct and present individual histories of film and television

■ Write clearly and confidently about film and television history, offering well-structured arguments in professionally produced essays, using recognised and consistent forms of footnoting and reference.

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.