Module Title:   Philosophies of Media and Film

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   EM-4048D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 7

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Film & Media

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Informatics (EIMC)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Ben Roberts

Additional Tutor(s):   Mark Goodall

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

This module will explore the ways in which philosophers and other theorists have understood media forms, practices and effects. It encompasses different theoretical standpoints on the creative and political dimension of the still and moving image.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Lectures, independent viewing, screenings, directed reading facilitated via Blackboard and tutor-led group discussions are included in the teaching strategy. Learning outcomes are assessed via an examination and essay. Supplementary assessment repairs deficiency in original submission.

Lectures:   12.00          Directed Study:   164.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   12.00          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 mastery of a range of philosophical approaches to media and film. In particular you will have developed advanced critical awareness of the following: philosophies of technology and their applicability to contemporary media developments; philosophies of the still and moving image and the ways in which philosophers and theorists have sought to understand the creative possibilities of media; philosophical approaches to the impact of media on individuals and societies.

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

apply advanced skills in the contextualisation and interpretation of different philosophical approaches to media to a range of different media forms.

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

demonstrate advanced critical reading skills and the ability to summarize information. You will have an advanced ability to take part in group discussions, and to effectively demonstrate mastery of communication skills via writing. You will have an advanced ability to research a given topic making appropriate uses of information sources.

  Presentation   30%
  Presetation (20 Minutes)
  Coursework   70%
  Essay (2500 words)

Outline Syllabus:
i) Philosophy of technology: key thinkers: McLuhan, Heidegger, Latour, Feenberg, Stiegler. Key topics: social constructivism vs technological determinism; phenomenological approaches.

Ii) Philosophy of the image: key thinkers: Barthes, Deleuze, Rancière. Key topics: punctum and studium; time-image and movement image; aesthetics of the gaze.

Iii) Philosophy of form and affect: key thinkers: Manovich, Massumi, Hansen. Key topics: affect; remediation.

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