FT3RC-Representing Conflict on Stage and Screen

Module Provider: Film, Theatre and TV
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Prof Anna Mcmullan

Email: a.e.mcmullan@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
Through this module, students will explore how live and mediated modes of representation have been used to reflect upon, remember, or create shared dialogues amongst diverse communities in situations of conflict, trauma or post-conflict cultural regeneration. With reference to specific case studies from at least two different cultural and political contexts such as, for example, World War I, World War II and aftermath, South Africa, post 9/11 global contexts, or Northern Ireland, (case studies will vary from year to year), students will draw on concepts of cultural memory, witnessing, and the politics of representation in order to analyse particular representational practices and strategies.

To introduce students to a range of formally contrasting texts from diverse cultural, national and historical contexts
- To introduce students to key critical contexts and theoretical concepts necessary for the analysis of these texts
- To consider and explore the relationship between contextual research and examples of representation
- To introduce a consideration of representations of conflict in both discipline-specific and cross-disciplinary ways
- To begin to develop a series of methodologies and vocabularies for the analysis of representations of conflict in a range of media
- To explore the notion of cultural, political and national specificity in relation to representation
- To build on core modules taken by students at Part 2

Assessable learning outcomes:
- Students will be assessed for their ability to analyze, compare and contextualize a range of film, theatre and television texts that represent issues relating to the theme of conflict.
- Students will be assessed for their ability to effectively theorize their textual analyses, by drawing on a broad range of relevant critical readings
- Students will be assessed for their ability to understand and express the implications of drawing on varying modes of contextual and subject-specific research in order to inform and situate their textual analyses
- Students will be assessed for their ability to respond to module-related tasks that take a variety of practical and written formats

Additional outcomes:
The module plays a significant role in the continuing development of other skills and competencies, which are central to the course. It is expected that the level of skills and competencies achieved in the following will be appropriate to the level of study: oral communication and argument in group situations; deployment of research using printed and electronic resources; critical analysis and coherent argument; undertaking self-directed, independent work; presentation of written work using IT; identifying and addressing problems in the analysis of film narrative and narration.

Outline content:
The module will a) introduce students to the role of culture, and live and mediated performance in particular, in situations of trauma, conflict and post-conflict b) be structured in relation to a series of case studies such as, for example, World War I II and aftermath, South Africa, post 9/11 global contexts, or Northern Ireland, (case studies will vary from year to year). Teaching methods will be mainly by seminar, with regular screenings and possible theatre visits (will vary depending on what is available).

Global context:
This module will explore the representation of conflict across a range of national contexts.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Case studies will be explored in seminars and, where appropriate, workshops, supplemented by reading, and by analysing primary and contextual screenings and performances. The module may include a theatre visit, incurring ticket and travel costs.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 16
Supervised time in studio/workshop 16
Guided independent study 168
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:

An optional practical assessment worth 50% of module mark may be taken instead of second essay.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission of failed coursework.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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