FT3SR-Screen Relations

Module Provider: Film, Theatre and TV
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: FT1ITV Introduction to Television or FT2PTG Popular Television Genres
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Simone Knox

Email: s.knox@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module explores some of the most significant critical approaches to, scholarly debates surrounding, and textual developments within contemporary screen media in relation to screen-to-screen adaptations, spin-offs, remakes and franchise building. With a focus on contemporary film and television, it will consider such intertextual relationships in terms of their institutional, industrial and production contexts, in terms of medium specificity and convergence, aesthetic forms and narrative structures, genre, representation and audience address. Attention will be paid to processes of globalisation, glocalisation and discourses concerning national specificity and contexts.

This module aims to develop analytical skills and industrial knowledge through close analysis of televisual and film texts alongside an awareness of larger industrial and cultural contexts. It will explore how narratives, representations and aesthetics are impacted by contextual factors. Students will engage with critical debates through discussion and analysis of texts, applying this knowledge to analysis of creative decision-making and wider ideological concerns.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module, it is expected that students will be able to:
• demonstrate a critical understanding of the industrial and institutional contexts that shape contemporary television and film as well as their surrounding texts.
• make informed use of appropriate critical and conceptual frameworks for the analysis of specific texts, aesthetics, narratives, genres, media and national contexts.
• analyse and evaluate the ways in which specific television and film texts and genres address and engage with social, cultural and ideological issues.
• compare and contrast exponents of contemporary television and film from a range of different national contexts, and understand these within larger processes of globalisation.

Additional outcomes:
The module plays a significant role in the continuing development of other skills and competencies that 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 television and film; creative deployment of technology in the development and presentation of analysis.

Outline content:
The Spring term will cover a case study of screen-to-screen adaptations in terms of both transnationalisation and remediation. It will explore how contemporary screen fiction is increasingly moving across borders of text, medium and national context. Centered on television and film, it will study remakes, re-versioning and spin-offs as they appear across television, film and new media. It will explore how British and American screen cultures have informed one another and how texts circulate globally across and engage with different national television contexts. The module will study critical debates concerning intertextuality, adaptation, translation, formats, imports/exports, medium specificity and convergence.

Global context:
This module has a strong global dimension, as it explores contemporary film and television with particular attention to the transnational relationship between their industries and audiences as well as their international circulation. Due recognition will be given to the relationship between processes of globalisation and specific national contexts, and texts studied will be drawn from a range of Anglophone (esp. UK and USA) and non-Anglophone countries (e.g. France, Germany, Israel).

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Within the two hour class, a range of teaching styles will be used and vary from week to week. Short lectures may be used where appropriate to introduce contextual or critical issues for discussion. The primary teaching method will be discussion based around prepared reading and close analysis of texts screened in advance. Short presentations or new media-based preparatory activities may be involved, prepared by individuals or small groups for larger group discussion. Critical practice projects that enable students to develop their understanding of contemporary screen culture may be involved, combining industry analysis and creative decision-making.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 18
Tutorials 2
Supervised time in studio/workshop 32 8
Guided independent study 112 28
Total hours by term 162.00 38.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 45
Project output other than dissertation 55

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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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    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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