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MFCO213 Media Genres

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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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18 FIME or MFCO points
FIME 203
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Students may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
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


  • 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

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Film Screening

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


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41


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