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FILM6036 Individually Negotiated Topic

Module Overview

This involves an in-depth study of a specific area in film analysis, history or theory. Subject areas are chosen in collaboration with the MA Coordinator, and content is negotiated individually between the student and the tutor with relevant expertise. Course content and assessment modes are agreed by the end of the second week of the semester in which the course is taken and recorded on the student’s course selection form (returned to the MA Coordinator). This module provides students on the Film Studies MAs with a short, highly supervised ‘bite’ of research on a topic of their choosing (within the range of topic for which the Department can provide expert supervision) in preparation for the more extended and independent work required for the MA dissertation.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• develop and polish skills of investigation, methodology, synthesis and presentation • undertake intermediary-level, closely supervised research

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • a specific topic in film analysis, history or theory chosen in collaboration with the MA Coordinator and specialist tutor(s)
  • analytical and investigative methods appropriate to the topic of your choice
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • plan and execute a research project within a limited time frame
  • organize and manage basic research tasks, which may include reading and analysing a wide range of secondary literature
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • structure a research project in film history, theory or analysis
  • evaluate secondary literature in the field of your topic
  • determine appropriate modes of presenting the results of your research

Syllabus

This module involves the supervision of students in individual tutorials, leading towards the formal presentation of the proposed dissertation research at the end of the semester.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • tutorial support from a dedicated supervisor. Learning activities include • individual research • completion of the assignment requiring research, analysis and written presentation.

TypeHours
Teaching1
Independent Study149
Total study time150

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback ? tutor-supported workshops ? peer discussion/support ? consultation with your tutor in preparation for the formal assessments

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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