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|
|Subject||Media, Film and Communication|
|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.|
- 18 FIME or MFCO points
- FIME 203
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- Students may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
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- 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.
- 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
- Concept Test 30%
- Critical Essay 40%
- Final Examination 30%
- Teaching Arrangements
- Two lectures and one screening per week.
- Readings will be available on Blackboard.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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- 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