Seriality: Film, Television and Other Media

Module code: HA3465

While much criticism and media analysis focuses on the individual work, this inter-disciplinary module explores the ways in which films, television and different forms of print and electronic media are produced, distributed and consumed as part of a sequence. By examining how the serial and the series has changed and taken different forms, from Hollywood cliffhangers to 21st century television drama, the module will address topics such as the distinctions between the ‘open’ and ‘closed’ serial, the significance of the film franchise and cross-media relationships, and the space that long-form narrative may give for complexity, diversity and acknowledgement of audience response.

 Learning

  • 1 hour of lectures
  • 20 hours of seminars
  • 1 hour of tutorials
  • 19 hours of supervised time in lab/studio/workshop
  • 109 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Serial diary, 1000 words (30%)
  • Essay, 2000 words (70%)