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MFCO213 Film Genres

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 a 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.

Paper title Film Genres
Paper code MFCO213
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
18 MFCO or FIME points
Restriction
FIME 203
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
Students may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Kevin Fisher
Paper 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
Assessment:
  • Mid-semester Test 25%
  • Essay 40%
  • Final Exam 35%
Teaching Arrangements
Two lectures and one screening per week
Textbooks
Readings are available in a course reader or on Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • 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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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Film Screening

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 16:00-18:50 28-34, 36-41

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Thursday 12:00-12:50 29, 31, 33, 37, 39

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

An introduction to theories of media genres and methods of genre analysis. We will begin with an overview of important questions in media genres, and go on to an in-depth study of the horror genre. We will investigate stylistic, thematic, and historical elements of horror to grapple with the complexities of the genre across media platforms. This paper is ideal both for Film and Media students, and for students in Humanities in general, in particular those studying narrative forms.

Paper title Media Genres
Paper code MFCO213
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
18 MFCO or FIME points
Restriction
FIME 203
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
Students may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Paul Ramaeker
Paper Structure
The paper begins with an overview of genre theory, including its key methods, issues, and debates.The paper then goes on to a theoretical and historical analysis of the horror genre.
Topics include:
  • the prehistory of horror as a media genre
  • the classical horror film
  • science fiction and horror
  • the Gothic
  • European horror
  • Asian horror
  • art-horror
  • the revisionist horror film: horror as a vehicle for social and political critique
  • the slasher film
  • Television horror
  • Postmodern horror
  • Digital and online horror
Assessment:
  • Tutorial Participation 10%
  • Short Essay 15%
  • Final Essay 25%
  • Final Examination 50%
Teaching Arrangements
Two lectures and one screening per week.
Textbooks
Readings will be available on Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Describe major developments in genre theory
  • Understand important conventions and patterns in horror media both generally and in its historical variants
  • Understand the ways that horror media have been studied and interpreted from a variety of theoretical perspectives
  • Analyse media genre, and specifically the horror film, drawing on a range of methods
  • Understand key theoretical, methodological, and analytical issues raised by the study of media genre in general and horror in particular

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Film Screening

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 16:00-18:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 15:00-15:50 9-13, 15-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Thursday 16:00-16:50 12, 15, 19-20, 22