Undergraduate 

Film & Television Studies MA

Race on Screen FTV4102

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course takes as its core tenet the notion that racial minorities have long been excluded, marginalised and misrepresented on the big and small screen, and that the diversity of our global society is not reflected in mainstream films and television shows. The course will analyse constructions of race on screen (film and television) in a wide range of cultural contexts, drawing attention to the stereotypically negative constructions of racial minorities in Western/mainstream audio-visual media, as well as the invisibility and normativity of Whiteness on screen. While racial representation is the main focus of the course, race and ethnicity will be regarded as integral to an intersectional approach to film and television's construction of social and cultural identities on screen.  

Timetable

10 x 2hr Screening 

10 x 1hr Lecture

10 x 1hr Seminar per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

This is one of the Honours options in Film and Television Studies and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Critical Reading report of film/television show (1500 words) - 40%

Essay (2500 words) - 60%

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will 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:

 

■ Expose students to a wide range of screen texts (film and television), in Western (European/North American) as well as non-Western (African/Asian/Latin American) contexts, with a focus on constructions of race on screen

■ Provide students with the critical and analytical skills to describe and interpret representations of race on screen

■ Introduce representations of race as integral to an intersectional view of film and television's construction of social and cultural identities on screen

■ Draw attention to the stereotypically negative representations of non-White (Asian, Arab, Black, African, Latino, Mixed race, Indigenous, etc.) races on screen in mainstream Western film and television, as well as to the invisibility and normativity of Whiteness on screen

■ Introduce students to examples of non-mainstream/Western film and television that challenge stereotypical representations of race on screen

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

 

■ Identify and critically analyse the construction and representation of different races in film and television texts from different cultural contexts  

■ Apply appropriate theoretical frameworks (e.g. critical race theory, genre studies, postcolonial theory, Black feminist film theory, etc.) in their analysis of racial representations on screen  

■ Formulate convincing arguments to highlight the stereotypically negative representations of non-White characters in mainstream Western film and television 

■ Identify and analyse examples of film and television texts that challenge stereotypical representations of racial minorities on screen  

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.