The Media on Film

Module code: MS3014

Module co-ordinator: Dr Anna Claydon

Module Outline

This module analyses how film represents other media. Key media are covered including film on print news, TV news, radio, film itself, music and the internet but the central spine to the module consists of two theoretical approaches: reflexivity and intertextuality. Consequently, postmodernism is a significant influence on the module content and approach. There is only one other module on this topic globally and this is a chance to take an innovative and engaging module taught by the Department’s strong film studies team.

The specific films studied can vary year to year. In previous years these have included: All the President's Men (Pakula, 1976); Anchorman (McKay, 2004), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Oplev, 2010), The Social Network (Fincher, 2010) and Sunset Boulevard (Wilder, 1950). There is always a lively and engaged atmosphere in classes, which include a variety of teaching and learning techniques.

A real strength of the module is that you are able to develop your own research project for your essay and presentation which lets you engage with a diverse range of analyses relevant to the theoretical framework. This harnessing of individual students’ passions means that engagement is embedded throughout the module. You will find this quite a perspective-changer!

Topics covered

  • Reflexivity
  • Postmodernism
  • Intertextuality
  • Gender theory
  • Adaptation theory
  • Documentary
  • Political theory
  • Film on film
  • Television on film
  • TV news on film
  • The press on film
  • New media on film
  • Comic books and graphic novels on film
  • Music on film


  • The module is taught through a two-hour screening and two-hour workshop each week and through independent work such as reading and weekly discussion board tasks.


  • Essay (40%)
  • Exam (30%)
  • Presentation: in class or as podcast/vodcast (20%)
  • Weekly online reflection tasks (10%)