Film & Television Studies MA

FTV2B: History, Aesthetics And Genre FTV2002

  • 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

The course equips students with the skills to find, analyse and evaluate a range of historical materials relevant to the study of film and television. Using primary sources, as well as key readings in the field (including feminist and postcolonial texts), the course enables students to examine screen media in a variety of contexts, including industry, exhibition and reception.


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


Film and Television Studies 2A: Spectatorship, Audiences and Identities (9JBV) is a co-requisite for progress to Honours


Individual critical reflection on a group research task (2,000 words) 35%

Essay (2,500 words) 55%

Seminar contribution 10%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to:

■ Introduce students to the practicalities of sourcing and analysing primary research materials relevant to the history of film and television.

■ Encourage students to assess and debate essential theoretical texts concerned with interpreting and analysing the past.

■ Develop students' critical thinking by challenging their assumptions and expectations about canon formation and the development of the discipline.

■ Provide opportunities for students to engage creatively with primary materials and use digital media (for example, by producing online exhibitions).

■ Enable students to examine film and television in a variety of contexts (including industry, exhibition, distribution and reception), while paying attention to changing formats and viewing platforms.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Identify a range of primary sources relevant to the historical study of film and television.

■ Assess different interpretations of the past, and the ideological contexts of primary and secondary sources.

■ Debate the usefulness of various historical approaches and issues of canon formation.

■ Create histories of film and television using material and digital artefacts.

■ Evaluate (in groups and as individuals) historical sources through academic essays and presentations.

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.