Film & Television Studies MA

Media And Cultural Policy FTV4008

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The emphasis will be on the laws, policies and attitudes which inform cultural production. In this course, films and television programmes are placed within a broader understanding of culture as something which is the subject of policy, promotion and debate and part of a broader field which can include museums, architecture, art, music, shopping and tourism.


10 x 2 hour sessions involving lectures, guest speaker presentation and seminar

  6 x 1 hour tutorials.

Excluded Courses





Class Essay - 1,000 word description of a particular form of film and/or TV regulation (20%).
Project - 4,000 word report on topic of the student's own choice - the subject being first cleared and discussed with the convenor (70%)

Participation (10%) based on quality and frequency of contribution to class discussion and response to guest presentations.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to: 

■ develop students' understanding and response to the frameworks within which media texts are produced and shown.

■ examine how media and cultural policy is linked to notions of identity.

■ develop students' understanding and response to the way in which cultural and media policies are created and implemented.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ demonstrate a broad understanding of what is as stake in the development of media and cultural policies;

■ demonstrate an understanding of different forms of media regulation;

■ show how such policies have an impact on the way in which film and television programmes are produced and watched;

■ show how such policies interact with ideas about identity in terms of nationality, ethnicity and community;

■ demonstrate skills in report writing.

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.