MI6004 - Watching the Detectives: Contemporary European Crime Film and TV

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What will I learn on this module?

‘Watching the Detectives’ will examine the role contemporary European crime film & TV as popular narrative. You will learn about the development of the visual crime genre in a European specific context, as a means of exploring questions of national and cultural identities and also in order to gain an understanding of contemporary societal concerns. You will develop your knowledge and critical understanding of the historical, social and political contexts of the origins and development of contemporary European crime film & TV, and will explore and analyse trends and variations across the genre in relation to their socio-political contexts. You will also analyse specific key authors of contemporary European crime fiction as national icons and/or transnational figures. Further, you will examine the commonalities and specificities of chosen key texts. Throughout the module, you will evaluate the many varied perspectives of European crime film & TV which you encounter, and establish your own view of and position within these debates, developing your ability to present your own viewpoint in written and spoken language.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of interactive lectures and seminars and independent learning. Key themes and concepts will be introduced in lectures, supported by seminars that allow further group working, discussion and debate. All topics and debates within the module will be supported by reference to relevant films, TV series & literature, which you will either view as part of timetabled screenings or read outside of class to further develop your knowledge and understanding of the field.

In addition to learning during taught 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 group work and full class discussion. 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.

All learning materials, tasks and readings will be posted on the eLP (e-learning portal) to facilitate full participation in the module. Additionally, you will receive formative feedback on your ideas and understandings throughout the module. The module’s final, summative assessment will also provide an opportunity for learning.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module aims to challenge your notions about European crime film & TV, and the links between the genre, nationality and cultural identities within concomitant political, social and cultural contexts. Thus, lectures, seminars, screenings and tasks will develop your academic knowledge and skills, to help you attain the module learning outcomes. Your academic development will also be facilitated through engagement with the academic literature and by talking with your peers and the module tutor about your understanding of this literature (i.e. reading around the topic, and discussing and reflecting upon what you have read).

The module handbook provides details of lectures, seminars, reading lists and assessment criteria; lecture materials are made available on the eLP (see above). The module tutor will be available in lectures and seminars, as well as in ‘Feedback and consultation hours’ (i.e. ‘office hours’) and on email, to discuss any queries or concerns you have about how to excel academically on the module. Formative feedback will be on-going throughout seminar/workshop activities.

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:

• A critical understanding of key issues, perspectives and debates within the study of European crime film & TV (LO1)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

• Present in spoken and written form complex ideas as the basis for engagement in intellectual debate (LO2)

• Establish and justify your own position within complex debates and arguments (LO3)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

• Demonstrate intellectual openness to contemporary academic (and non-academic) perspectives on European cultures and identities.(LO4)

• Demonstrate enhanced skills conforming to relevant standards of good academic practice (LO5)

How will I be assessed?

You will present your ideas during seminars and will receive formative feedback from the module tutor and peers on any perspectives you share. Such formative feedback will enable you to test and form your own understanding of European crime film & TV.

Summative (graded) Assessments

Academic essay 70%
Presentation 30%

1. 3000 word academic essay
You will have to write 1 essay in response to a set of questions provided by the module tutor. You will be expected to demonstrate a clear engagement with the larger themes and debates of European crime film &TV, focusing specifically on those films and TV series identified in the essay title. The aim here is to ensure you get to grips with theoretical positions and concepts, while expressing your arguments in a format with which you should now be familiar. (LO 1-5)

2. 15min presentation
You will give a short presentation, supported by Powerpoint, or similar, on the country/countries specific context from which your essay is drawn. The presentation and the essay will test different transferable skills, knowledge, and critical outlooks, including your ability to present related ideas, and your ability to transfer cultural content with graduate proficiency. (LO1-5)





Module abstract

‘Watching the Detectives’ gives a valuable insight into one of the most popular genres of modern literature, film and television. You will analyse the role contemporary European crime film and TV as a popular story-telling subject. You will learn how European crime fiction relates to national and cultural identities. You will be expected to attend screenings of European crime films and TV programmes and read extensively on the subject. You will be assessed through a 3,000-word essay which will demonstrate a clear understanding of the larger themes and debates surrounding European crime film and TV. ‘Watching the Detectives’ clearly gives a valuable insight for those wishing to work in the media production industry it also teaches valuable transferrable skills in research and analysis which will relate to a variety of career paths.

Course info

UCAS Code P391

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

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

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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