EL6013 - Violent Femmes: Women in Post-war Popular Culture

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What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will examine the figure of the active female hero within popular fiction, film and television since the Second World War. Beginning in the 1950s with figures on screen such as Calamity Jane, the module will offer a selective survey of such representations through the 60s, 70s, 80s and so on. You will examine each example within the context of its form (ie film, television, popular fiction) and within the context of ongoing debates about the position and role of women in Britain and North America.

During the module you will become familiar with contemporary debates regarding the politics of gendered behaviours, engaging with feminist theory, film and television studies, cultural studies and literary theory. While the module will focus on the representation of women, discussion will also inevitably address relevant accounts of masculinity, sexuality and ethnicity.

How will I learn on this module?

1 x weekly 1 hour lecture
1 x weekly 2 hour seminar and workshop

This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars. Each week, a lecture will establish the critical and contextual framework for the material under discussion, a framework which will be both reinforced and problematized in the subsequent seminar/workshop. The seminar will provide you with the opportunity to explore the set examples discursively through small-group exercises, presentations, and debate.

In addition to learning during contact hours with the module tutor, you will be expected to undertake both directed and independent learning. Directed learning generally will take the form of preparation for seminars where you will be expected to contribute to discussion. Informal presentations will be used as well as group work to facilitate student engagement.

Independent learning generally will take the form of further reading and investigation, the consolidation of seminar notes, and revision/preparation for the assessment of the module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Lectures, seminars and preparatory tasks for this module develop your academic skills as you engage with primary, secondary and contextual materials to allow you to attain the module learning outcomes, and, more importantly perhaps, to fully appreciate the range of issues that violent or active female protagonists in fiction and on screen raise. The module handbook provides details of lectures, seminars, reading lists and assessment criteria; lecture PowerPoint slides are made available on the e-learning portal, together with questions for seminar discussion and links to relevant online resources. The module tutor will be available in lectures and seminars, as well as in office hours and on email/phone, to discuss any queries or concerns you have about how to excel academically on the module. Individual essay tutorials help you to prepare for the first assignment, while feedback sessions and revision sessions at the end of the module prepare you for the final examination.
You are advised to see your Guidance Tutor at least twice each semester to review your academic progress. The Guidance Booklet, which you receive at the start of your first year, includes structured materials designed to help you develop your self-reflection skills. These materials underpin the academic side of the regular Guidance meetings, helping you to learn how to best use the feedback you receive on your assignments, how to build on your strengths, and improve in the areas where you could perform better.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• an enhanced understanding of the historical development of gendered representations in popular culture


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• augmented intellectual skills in employing theoretical and critical material in relation to literature, film and popular television
• developed abilities in close and interdisciplinary textual analysis

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• an improved awareness of the relation between cultural practices and cultural theory
• enhanced skills conforming to relevant standards of good academic conduct in the expression of an informed argument in written forms through completing the various activities prescribed

How will I be assessed?

Summative (graded) Assessments
1. 2000 word essay (50%)
For this task you will select one example from fiction, film or television representations of violent female protagonists (one studied on the module) and produce a concise, critically informed, examination of them with regard to a particular critical work on women in popular culture. You have the opportunity to write your own question in consultation with the module tutor. This exercise requires you to examine specific examples in detail, while demonstrating awareness of their scholarly, cultural and historical contexts. This assessment tests key skills in critical analysis of popular media. Feedback will be provided using the Departmental template and comments on the script, and before the date for the examination, allowing ‘feed forward’. This assessment addresses all five MLOS.

2. 2000 word essay (50%)
For this task you will select one example from fiction, film or television representations of violent female protagonists and produce a concise, critically informed, examination of them with regard to a particular critical work on women in popular culture. You have the opportunity to write your own question in consultation with the module tutor. This exercise requires you to examine specific examples in detail, while demonstrating awareness of their scholarly, cultural and historical contexts. This assessment tests key skills in critical analysis of popular media. Feedback will be provided using the Departmental template and comments on the script, and before the date for the examination, allowing ‘feed forward’. This assessment addresses all five MLOS.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

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Course info

UCAS Code T710

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2021

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

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