Module Title:   Representations of Race in Film and Television

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   EM-0279D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 2

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 5

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Film & Media

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Media, Design and Technology

Principal Co-ordinator:   Peter Lassey

Additional Tutor(s):   -

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To explore the ways in which `race` is addressed by Film and Television how this contributes to racial and national identities and histories, and how these representations are mediated in a globalising media network.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Theories and underpinning concepts presented through a series of lectures. The screening (other 12 hrs) of key films and TV programmes will be used to provide examples and to provide a frame of reference for all students to develop an interpretation of the film texts. Lectures and screenings followed by a group discussion to further explore the issues raised. Inter-sessional reading will prepare students to make informed contributions to seminar discussions. The essay will provide an opportunity to develop a coherent analysis of the learning outcomes and the reading will provide an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge.

Lectures:   4.00          Directed Study:   176.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   8.00          Other:   12.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Demonstrate knowledge of how film and television contribute to the development of racial and cultural identities;
Demonstrate an understanding of the political, social, institutional and cultural forces that help construct these concepts of race and nationality.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Evaluate critically selected texts, `reading` them in the context of representations of race;
Assess the merits of individual texts.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Form opinions based on organised evidence and to communicate arguments coherently in writing.

  Coursework   60%
  Essay 2000 words
  Coursework   40%
  A reading of a film or television programme 1500 words

Supplementary Assessment:
As Original

Outline Syllabus:
Theories of representation, audience and reception.
Concepts of stereotyping, racial difference and the construction of `whiteness`.
Constructing racial and national identities and the impact of globalisation.
How representations have evolved through history.

Key Texts

Barker C (1999) Television, Globalisation and Cultural Identities, Buckingham: Open University Press
Benshoff, H & Griffith, S (2009) America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies, London: Willey-Blackwell

Cottle S (2000) Ethnic Minorities and the Media, Buckingham: Open University Press

Dines G & Humez J M eds, (2003) Gender, Race and Class in Media, London: Sage

Dyer R (1997) White, London: Routledge

Friedman L D, (1991) Unspeakable Images: Ethnicity and the American Cinema, University of Illinois Press
Hall S ed, (1997) Representation : Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices, London: Sage

Meer N (2014) Key concepts in Race and Ethnicity. London SAGE
Willis S (1997) High Contrast: Race and Gender in Contemporary Hollywood Film, Durham, NC: Duke University Press

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