MA Film Studies / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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Course unit details:
Directed Reading (30 credits)

Unit code DRAM70051
Credit rating 30
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Drama
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

Directed Readings engage students in an independent study of an area not currently offered as an MA study option. They provide an opportunity to work one-to-one with an academic staff member on an area of interest to the student and research specialism of the member of staff and to produce a sustained piece of research and writing. Student and academic work together to construct a programme of work and assessment, and this is supported by regular supervision meetings through the semester.

 

Aims

Directed Readings engage students in an independent study of an area not currently offered as an MA study option. They provide an opportunity to work one-to-one with an academic staff member on an area of interest to the student and research specialism of the member of staff and to produce a sustained piece of research and writing. Student and academic work together to construct a programme of work and assessment, and this is supported by regular supervision meetings through the semester.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the chosen area of research
  • Evidence of an advanced ability to analyse critically film and other cultural texts and evaluate their approaches
  • Demonstrate an advanced awareness of the theoretical frameworks and approaches underpinning the chosen area of research

Intellectual skills

  • Demonstrate an advanced ability to undertake a detailed analysis of a corpus of films and situate them within the broader aethestic, theoretical and philosophical debates within the chosen subject
  • Demonstrate an advanced capacity to make comparative analyses of concepts and approaches as they circulate within a range of cultural systems and practices
  • Demonstrate an advanced ability to synthesise ideas from a range of different sources, critically evaluate those sources and their applicability to films, build a strong analytical argument and revise approaches in the light of feedback

Practical skills

  • Acquire advanced research skills in accordance with the requirements of the chosen subject of study
  • Communicate research findings effectively both verbally (during supervision meetings) and in written form (the summative assessment)

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Demonstrate an advanced ability to communicate effectively with others about intellectually demanding concepts, topics, materials
  • Demonstrate an advanced ability to draw with accuracy, detail and precision on complex materials in independent research work
  • Demonstrate an advanced ability to effectively present – through discussion and in writing – complex topics, drawing convincingly on oral, written and visual media as appropriate to the topic

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

  • Informal feedback during supervision discussions
  • Written and verbal feedback on individual research plans and essay construction.

Recommended reading

To be devised by the student.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 300

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Felicia Chan Unit coordinator

Additional notes

 

Contact hours are variable, by appointment with the supervisor, between 3 and 6 meetings in a semester

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