MI6009 - The Modern American Horror Film

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What will I learn on this module?

The modern period in American horror cinema is generally seen as beginning in 1968 with the release of Night of the Living Dead. This module explores the wide range of American horror films produced since that date. It identifies key themes, formats and cycles, and it engages with the relation of the horror genre to changes in the American film industry and to broader social and historical change. It also explores the aesthetic innovations and challenges offered by new forms of horror. In taking the module, you will acquire an understanding of the critical and cultural issues raised by this important area of American culture and you will develop your own insights into such iconic films as The Exorcist, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (both versions), Carrie, Halloween, Silence of the Lambs, Candyman and Hostel, among others.

How will I learn on this module?

Learning on the module is based around weekly screenings of film material and three-hour seminars. Early sessions will involve initial presentations by the tutor that establish key terms of reference, with these followed by small group and whole group discussion of issues raised. As the module progresses, there is an increased stress on your own contributions in sessions. The seminars also provide you with opportunities to develop issues you have learned independently. Each seminar is linked to a screening and to set reading that you are expected to prepare in advance. You are also offered guidance in seminars to develop your own reading and research. Tutorials will support you with specific issues, in particular in relation to the assessment for the module, and will also be used to give feedback on assessed work.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Information about all seminars - including content, required reading, and assessment details - will be distributed to you at the beginning of the module. All core reading, along with supplementary reading, will be available via the e-learning portal. The module will include in-class material on essay preparation, further supported by individual tutoring around the development of an essay plan. During the module, the tutor will also offer weekly drop-in sessions to deal with your queries about the module.

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:
KU1 - you will acquire a systematic understanding of the historical and industrial contexts of American horror film production from the 1960s to the present day.
KU2 - you will be able to utilise a variety of critical and theoretical approaches associated with the horror genre and apply these in the analysis of specific films.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
IPSA - you will develop intellectual and practical attributes including critical review and engagement with scholarly research and commentary
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity):
PVA - you will enhance your communication skills, both written and verbal, as well as improving your critical reflective skills and developing problem-solving and independent learning

How will I be assessed?

The summative assessment is a 3000 word essay. This tests the your knowledge of critical and theoretical approaches, the ability to deploy this material in a sustained analysis of a specific film or films and to construct a reasoned argument supported by evidence. (KU1, KU2)

The formative assessment is an individual presentation relating to your chosen essay question. This task tests communication skills as well as your ability to work independently. It feeds into essay preparation. Presentations will take place at an appropriate stage in the module for maximum benefit to the essay preparation process. (IPSA, PVA)





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Course info

UCAS Code T720

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 2020 or September 2021

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