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MFCO213 Media Genres

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 through case studies of science fiction film and media. The paper will address the historical development of science fiction with an emphasis upon its aesthetic, narrative and ideological dimensions.

Paper title Media Genres
Paper code MFCO213
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $929.55
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
18 FIME or MFCO 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

The paper begins with an introduction to genre theory and then explores key issues, methods and debates through science fiction film and media.

Topics include:

  • History and origins of the science fiction genre
  • Science fiction and echnological change
  • The relation of science fiction to other genres
  • Robots, cyborgs and AI
  • Science fiction, genre and feminism
  • Space travel and other worlds
  • The alien
  • The travel and other dimensions

Assessment:

  • Concept Test 30%
  • Critical Essay 40%
  • Final Examination 30%
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

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Become familiar with key approaches to the study of film and media genre
  • Be able to identify aesthetic and narrative conventions associated with film and media genres in general and science fiction in particular
  • Understand the relationship between film and media genre and history
  • Demonstrate awareness of the socio-cultural, political and ideolagical functions of genre in the study of film and media in general and science fiction specifically

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Timetable

Semester 2

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 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Thursday 16:00-16:50 30-32, 36, 38, 40

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 through an in-depth study of the horror genre. We will investigate stylistic, thematic, philosophical, psychological, and historical elements of horror to grapple with the forms of the genre across media platforms, their development over time, the complexities of their appeal, their intersections with other genres, and their relationship to cultural and social contexts.

Paper title Media Genres
Paper code MFCO213
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2023 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
18 FIME or MFCO 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 an overview of the development and forms of film  media both chronologically and topically.

Topics include:

  • History and origins of the horror genre
  • Intersections of horror and science fiction
  • Gothic horror
  • Intersections of horror and art cinema
  • Horror, ideology and sociocultural critique in the New Hollywood
  • Gender and ideology in the horror film, especially the slasher film
  • Forms of horror on television and digital platforms
  • Contemporary developments in the horror film
  • Horror and race

Assessment:

  • Tutorial Participation (including presentations)10%
  • Research Exercise 20%
  • Research Essay 30%
  • Final Examination 40%
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

By the end of this paper, you should be able to:

  • 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 has been studied and interpreted from a variety of theoretical perspectives
  • Analyze media genre, and specifically the horror genre, drawing on a range of methods
  • Understand key theoretical, methodological, and analytical issues raised by the study of media genres in general and horror in particular

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Timetable

Semester 2

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 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Thursday 16:00-16:50 30-32, 36, 38, 40