Film Genres

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Film Genres

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    18 MFCO or FIME points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    A detailed study of a particular film genre, or genres, such as film noir, science fiction, the western, the musical.

    This paper will explore critical approaches to the study of film genre through an historical survey of the science fiction film. We will investigate recurring iconographic, stylistic, thematic, and philosophical elements that have been identified in attempts to define science fiction as a coherent film genre. The paper will also address issues of hybridity in the interrelations of science fiction with other genres, such as horror, fantasy, melodrama, and the western.

    Teaching Arrangements
    Two lectures and one screening per week

    Course Structure
    A survey of film genre theory and a history of the science fiction genre. Topics will include:
    - Representations of the alien
    - Space
    - Modernity/post-modernity
    - The cyborg
    - Cyberspace
    - The relationship of humanity, technology and nature

    - Mid-semester Test 25%
    - Essay 40%
    - Take-Home Essay Exam 35%

    Learning Outcomes
    - Understand key concepts and approaches related to the study of film genre
    - Appreciate the historical development of the science fiction film in its social, political and philosophical dimensions
    - Understand genre formation as a complex historical process of exchange between filmmakers, audiences, film critics and other genres

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