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  1. WEEKLY PROGRAMME:- (28th September) Week 1: Introduction + Thinking About Celebrity 12 items
    An introduction to the course and the field of film and media studies + techniques and organising frameworks we can use to understand the media. Followed by session on celebrity. How can we begin to understand them? Famous faces and bodies are everywhere. These ‘celebrities’ appear to be given more attention than others in society and find it difficult to resist the urge to look at or read about them. Celebrities constantly interrupt and shape our reading of the media. Although we are ambivalent (love/hate relationship) we still invest in them emotionally. According to Sean Redmond and Su Holmes,(2007) ‘stars and celebrities do matter’. Whether you love them or hate them, they embody the dreams and fantasies of their audience. They can also tell us a lot about the culture and politics of a particular historical period. This session charts the history of celebrity and looks at what constitutes celebrity + the meanings we attach to celebrities and celebrity culture. We will also look at how the subject of celebrity may be approached using a variety of different research methods introduced on FI1011.
    1. Media Studies Texts, Production and Context | ebook - Paul Long and Tim Wall 2012

      Book  ‘Getting started: doing media studies’ pp. 1-17

    2. Media studies: texts, production, context - Paul Long, Tim Wall 2013

      Book  Getting started: doing media studies’ pp. 1-17

    3. Reading media theory: thinkers, approaches, contexts - David M. Barlow, Brett Mills 2012

      Book  ‘What is theory’, pp. 7-21

    4. Celebrity/culture - Ernest Cashmore 2006

      Book 

    5. Fashion and Celebrity Culture - Pamela Church Gibson 1 Nov. 2011

      Book 

    6. The cult of celebrity - Cooper Lawrence 2009

      Book 

    7. Understanding media: inside celebrity - Jessica Evans, David Hesmondhalgh 2005

      Book 

    8. The celebrity culture reader - P. David Marshall 2006

      Book 

    9. Understanding celebrity - Graeme Turner 2014 (electronic resource)

      Book 

  2. (5th October) Week 2: Semiotics and the Communication of Media Messages 13 items
    You will be introduced to the semiotic analysis of media texts -this lecture will also explore how useful a semiotic approach is to the understanding of how media texts convey meaning, informing you about the positive as well as the negative aspects of applying semiotic analysis to different texts. Seminar Screening: Whole Group Semiotic Analysis. You will be shown some examples of images and given the opportunity to try out semiotics for yourself. At the end of the session you can compare your findings
    1. The objects of affection: semiotics and consumer culture | ebook - Arthur Asa Berger 2010 (electronic resource)

      Book  See Chapter 1

    2. The objects of affection: semiotics and consumer culture - Arthur Asa Berger 2010

      Book  See Chapter 1

    3. The media student's book | ebook - Gill Branston, Roy Stafford 2010 (electronic resource)

      Book  Read p.41-52

    4. The media student's book - Gill Branston, Roy Stafford 2010

      Book 

    5. Understanding media theory | ebook - Kevin Williams 2003

      Book  ebook: Read p.123-144

    6. Understanding media theory - Kevin Williams 2003

      Book  Read p.123-144

    7. Textual analysis: a beginner's guide | ebook - Alan McKee 2003 (electronic resource)

      Book  Click on the link to access the Sage ebook

    8. Textual analysis: a beginner's guide - Alan McKee 2003

      Book 

    9. Digitised Resources 2 items
      1. Analysing media texts - Maria Gillespie, Jason Toynbee 2006

        Book  Read p.28-41 of digitised chapter 1 (p.1-41).

      2. Media semiotics: an introduction - Jonathan Bignell 2002

        Book  Read p5-27 - Digitised chapter available

  3. (12th October)Week 3:The Politics of Representation and the Process of Stereotyping 7 items
    Media stereotypes are inevitable, especially in the film, advertising, entertainment and news industries, which need as wide an audience as possible to quickly understand information. In these contexts they act like codes that give audiences a quick, common understanding of a person or group of people—usually relating to their class, ethnicity or race, gender, sexual orientation, social role or occupation. Many examples of media and film also routinely portray people experiencing psychopathy, depression, amnesia, bipolar and borderline personality disorders in an exaggerated way. These extreme and florid manifestations of particular disorders come to represent the health issue in the popular imagination regardless of whether they offer a realistic view of the conditions they depict. Looking at media stereotypes the lecture asks whether the stereotypes leads others to turn assumptions about particular groups of people into "realities"? Think of examples of youtube clips, video or print media which makes use of mental health stereotypes. Analyse the images and texts. How are the stereotypes constructed? What words and images are used, what discourses are presented? How true to life are the examples? What prejudices do they reveal? List your answers. Present your findings to the group Seminar (Essay Writing) W You will identify stereotypes and find examples from media you have researched yourself.
    1. Media studies: texts, production, context - Paul Long, Tim Wall 2013

      Book  Read "Media Representations" p76-82

    2. Media studies: texts, production, context - Paul Long, Tim Wall 2013

      Book  Read "Media Representations" p76-82

    3. Digitised Resources 2 items
      1. Representation: cultural representations and signifying practices - Stuart Hall, Open University 1997

        Webpage  Read "The Spectacle of the Other" p257-279

      2. Image and representation: key concepts in media studies - Nick Lacey 2009

        Book  Read "Types and Sterotypes" p.147-159 of digitised section.

  4. (19th October) Week 4: Content Analysis 5 items
    There is an assignment on content analysis so this lecture will enable you to tackle it effectively. The session explores the approach as a means of analysing media texts and considers some of the problems involved in applying content analysis. You will be invited to attempt a content analysis in preparation for your minor assignment where you will be asked to look at 5 consecutive episodes of the news, a soap, a drama or a set of adverts. You could also consider looking women’s magazines, fashion photographs, music press, sci-fi mags, manga, video games, pop videos, facebook pages.
    1. Content analysis: an introduction to its methodology - Klaus Krippendorff c2013

      Book 

    2. Analyzing media messages: using quantitative content analysis in research - Daniel Riffe, Stephen Lacy, Frederick Fico, Brendan Watson 2019

      Book 

    3. Basic content analysis | ebook - Robert Philip Weber 1990 (electronic resource)

      Book  ebook

    4. Figures of Rhetoric in Advertising Language. - Mcquarrie, Edward F.; Mick, David Glen;

      Article 

  5. (26th October) Week 5: Media Genres: Deconstructing Codes and Conventions 10 items
    A media text is said to belong to a genre, as it adopts the codes and conventions of other texts in that genre, and lives up to the same expectations. The classification and hierarchical taxonomy of genres is not a neutral or 'objective' procedure. There are no undisputed 'maps' of the system of genres within any medium and there is often considerable theoretical disagreement about the definition of specific genres. One theorist's genre may be another's sub-genre or even super-genre. We look at the implications of genre taxonomies and evaluate the impact on production and consumption of media texts in the genres of Manga and Anime.
    1. Popular music genres: an introduction - Stuart Borthwick, Ron Moy c2004

      Book 

    2. The media student's book | ebook - Gill Branston, Roy Stafford 2010 (electronic resource)

      Book  Chapter 3: genres and other classification p74-105

    3. The media student's book - Gill Branston, Roy Stafford 2010

      Book  Chapter 3: genres and other classification p74-105

    4. The television genre book 2015

      Book  electronic resource

    5. Channels of Discourse, Reassembled: Television and Contemporary Criticism | ebook - Robert C. Allen 2006 (electronic resource)

      Book  ebook: read Chapter 4 'Genre Study and Television' - Jane Feuer, p.138-159

    6. Channels of discourse, reassembled: television and contemporary criticism - Robert Clyde Allen c1992

      Book  Chapter 4 'Genre Study and Television' - Jane Feuer, p.138-159

    7. Digitised Resources 1 item
  6. (2nd November) Week 6: REFLECTION WEEK – NO CLASS THIS WEEK 0 items
  7. (9th November) Week 7: Queer Readings 14 items
    Queer theory is a field of critical theory that emerged in the early 1990s. Building on feminist challenges to the idea that gender is a part of an “essential” self, it is interested in reading texts from an alternative point of view to the conventional “heteronormative” perspective. This session looks at the nature of queer theory, applying the approach to some examples of contemporary media and film. Followed by screening of extracts of film, video and other media.
    1. Queer TV: theories, histories, politics | ebook - Glyn Davis, Gary Needham 2008 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    2. Queer TV: theories, histories, politics - Glyn Davis, Gary Needham 2009

      Book 

    3. Making things perfectly queer: interpreting mass culture - Alexander Doty c1993

      Book 

    4. Queer Girls and Popular Culture - Susan Driver April 2007 (Hardcover)

      Book 

    5. Now you see it: studies on lesbian and gay film - Richard Dyer c1990

      Book  2nd edition ebook available (plus 2nd ed print copies on order for the library)

    6. Out takes: essays on queer theory and film - Ellis Hanson 1999

      Book 

    7. Out takes: essays on queer theory and film - Ellis Hanson 1999

      Book 

    8. The new queer aesthetic on television: essays on recent programming - James R. Keller, Leslie Stratyner 2005

      Book 

    9. Framed: Lesbians, Feminists, and Media Culture - Judith Mayne 2000

      Book 

  8. (16th November) Week 8: Alternative Readings: from Ant Farm to The Billboard Liberation Front 10 items
    Whilst it is acknowledged that we are bombarded with media imagery at every turn, are we powerless to do anything about it? At times it may seem so but the lecture introduces you to some initiatives and organizations who make alternative readings of the media, confront, subvert and ultimately aim to bring about change to consumer culture. The lecture considers the historical development of these initiatives, looking at a variety of examples including Ant Farm, B.U.G.A.U.P., Paper Tiger, The Billboard Liberation Front whose anti-corporation, anti-consumerist outlook challenges the Neoliberal consumerism prevalent in contemporary Western society.We will discuss how effective opportunities for alternative readings such as billboard modifications, google bombing and flash mobs are. Seminar: (Careers in Media)
    1. 23 things they don't tell you about capitalism - Ha-Joon Chang 2010

      Book 

    2. Tweets and the streets: social media and contemporary activism - Paolo Gerbaudo 2012

      Book 

    3. Vidding - Russell, Jesse and Ronald Cohn 1 Jan. 2012

      Book  [not currently in print]

    4. Websites 5 items
  9. (23rd November) Week 9: Media Discourse Analysis 7 items
    What is a discourse? This session look at the nature of discourse and provides an introduction to undertaking discourse analysis. Analysis of discourse looks not only at the basic level of what is said, but takes into consideration the surrounding social and historical contexts. Making the distinction between whether a person is described as a ‘terrorist’ or a ‘freedom fighter’ is something DA would look at, whilst considering the implications of each term. We will look at some current discourses in the seminar by applying discourse analysis to particular media texts. Seminar: 2pm-3 decoding newsmedia discourses, practical session.
    1. Media discourse - Norman Fairclough 1995

      Book 

    2. Discourse - David R. Howarth 2000

      Book 

    3. Pop music and the press - Steve Jones 2002

      Book  See chapters 5-9 on discourse pp. 81-156

    4. Investigating media discourse - Anne O'Keeffe 2006

      Book 

  10. (30th November) Week 10 Emotional Readings: (Personal Photography Memory and Affect) 11 items
    Affect is most often used as a synonym for passion, sentiment, mood, feeling or emotion. The majority of discussion of affect in media theory centres around questions of the production and transmission of affect. How do (and how should) media texts produce and transmit affect? In this session, we look at some of the different approaches to studying affect, comparing and contrasting the various ways that the phenomenon has been theorized. We will consider definitions of affect, key thinkers and approaches while applying theories to examples drawn from contemporary media. Seminar: Essay Tutorials
    1. The Affect theory reader | ebook 2009

      Book  Read Melissa Gregg and Gregory J. Seigworth "An Inventory of Shimmers" p.9

    2. The Affect theory reader - Melissa Gregg, Gregory J. Seigworth c2010

      Book  Read Melissa Gregg and Gregory J. Seigworth "An Inventory of Shimmers" p.9

    3. The cultural politics of emotion - Sara Ahmed 2014

      Book 

    4. The Affect theory reader | ebook - Melissa Gregg, Gregory J. Seigworth c2010

      Book 

    5. Touching feeling: affect, pedagogy, performativity - Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick c2003

      Book 

    6. Ordinary affects - Kathleen Stewart 2007

      Book 

  11. (7th December)- + Student Presentations 0 items
  12. (14th December) seasonal celebration + course evaluation) 0 items
  13. Bibliography 89 items
    1. Core Reading 26 items
      1. The media student's book | ebook - Gill Branston, Roy Stafford, dawsonera 2010 (electronic resource)

        Book Core highly recommended

      2. The media student's book - Branston, Gill, Stafford, Roy 2010

        Book Core Also available as an Electronic Resource

      3. Media, culture and society: an introduction - Paul Hodkinson 2017

        Book Core Highly recommended

      4. Reading media theory: thinkers, approaches, contexts - Barlow, David M., Mills, Brett 2012

        Book Core Highly recommended

      5. Media Studies Texts, Production and Context | ebook - Paul Long and Tim Wall 2012

        Book Core highly recommended. Ebook

      6. Media studies: an introductory textbook - Kolker, Robert Phillip 2009

        Book Core Highly recommended

      7. Analysing media texts - Maria Gillespie, Jason Toynbee 2006

        Book  highly recommended

      8. What media classes really want to discuss: a student guide | ebook - Greg M. Smith, dawsonera 2011 (electronic resource)

        Book Core Highly recommended. Ebook.

      9. What media classes really want to discuss - Smith, Greg M. 2011

        Book Core Also available as an Electronic Resource

      10. The media: an introduction - Albertazzi, Daniele, Cobley, Paul 2009

        Book Core

      11. Media analysis techniques - Arthur Asa Berger 2014

        Book Core

      12. Understanding media culture | ebook - Jostein Gripsrud, NetLibrary, Inc 2002 (electronic resource)

        Book Core

      13. Understanding media culture - Gripsrud, Jostein 2002

        Book Core Also available as an Electronic Resource

      14. Television culture | ebook - John Fiske, ebrary, Inc 2010 (electronic resource)

        Book Core

      15. Television culture - Fiske, John 2011[i.e.2010]

        Book Core Also available as an Electronic Resource

      16. How to do media and cultural studies - Stokes, Jane C. 2013. ie2012

        Book Core This is the 2nd edition. The 1st edition is also available as an Electronic Resource.

      17. How to do media & cultural studies | 1st edition ebook - Jane C. Stokes, dawsonera 2003 (electronic resource)

        Book Core 1st edition

      18. How to do media & cultural studies - Jane C. Stokes, ebrary, Inc 2003 (electronic resource)

        Book Core 1st edition

      19. Media and meaning: an introduction - Stewart, Colin, Lavelle, Marc, Kowaltzke, Adam, British Film Institute 2001

        Book Core

      20. Understanding media cultures: social theory and mass communication - Stevenson, Nick 2002

        Book Core Also available as an Electronic Resource

      21. Introducing cultural and media studies: a semiotic approach - Thwaites, Tony, Davis, Lloyd, Mules, Warwick, Thwaites, Tony 2002

        Book Core

      22. Get set for media and cultural studies | ebook - Tony Purvis, ebrary, Inc 2006 (electronic resource)

        Book Core

      23. Get set for media and cultural studies - Purvis, Tony 2006

        Book Core Also available as an Electronic Resource

      24. Understanding media theory | ebook - Kevin Williams, NetLibrary, Inc 2003 (electronic resource)

        Book Core

      25. Understanding media theory - Williams, Kevin 2003

        Book Core Also available as an Electronic Resource

    2. Useful Websites 10 items
      1. Media Week www.mediaweek.co.uk

    3. Journals and Journal Articles 7 items
      1. Journals (Selected) 7 items
        1. Film and History

          Journal Further Print version (1998-2012) also available at 791.4375 in the UCLan Library 1st floor Journals Collection

        2. Film History

          Journal Further Print version (1998-2012) also available at 791.4375 in the UCLan Library 1st floor Journals Collection

        3. Journal of Popular Film and Television

          Journal Further Print version (1988-1990) also available at 791.43 in the UCLan Library 1st floor Journals Collection

    4. Optional further reading 46 items
      1. The cultural politics of emotion - Sara Ahmed 2014

        Book Further Also available as an Electronic Resource

      2. The cultural politics of emotion - Sara Ahmed, ebrary 2014 (electronic resource)

        Book Further

      3. Channels of discourse, reassembled: television and contemporary criticism - Robert C. Allen c1992

        Book Further Read: Feuer, Jane (1992): 'Genre study and television'. Pp. 138-59 [Also available as an Electronic Resource]

      4. Channels of discourse, reassembled: television and contemporary criticism - Robert Clyde Allen, dawsonera 1992 (electronic resource)

        Book Further Read: Feuer, Jane (1992): 'Genre study and television'. Pp. 138-59

      5. Channels of discourse, reassembled: television and contemporary criticism - Robert Clyde Allen, ebrary, Inc c1992 (electronic resource)

        Book Further Read: Feuer, Jane (1992): 'Genre study and television'. Pp. 138-59

      6. The objects of affection: semiotics and consumer culture | ebook - Arthur Asa Berger 2010 (electronic resource)

        Book Further ebook

      7. The objects of affection: semiotics and consumer culture - Arthur Asa Berger 2010

        Book Further

      8. Media semiotics: an introduction - Bignell, Jonathan 2002

        Book Further

      9. Popular music genres: an introduction - Stuart Borthwick, Ron Moy c2004

        Book Further

      10. Diversity in Disney films: critical essays on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability - Cheu, Johnson 2013

        Book Further Also available as an Electronic Resource

      11. The television genre book 2015

        Book Further

      12. Challenging the news: the journalism of alternative and community media - Forde, Susan 2011

        Book Further

      13. Ideology: a very short introduction | ebook - Michael Freeden, ebrary, Inc 2003 (electronic resource)

        Book Further

      14. Ideology: a very short introduction - Michael Freeden 2003

        Book Further Also available as an Electronic Resource

      15. Representing 'race': ideology, identity and the media - Robert Ferguson 1998

        Book Further

      16. The Affect theory reader | ebook - Melissa Gregg, Gregory J. Seigworth, ebrary, Inc 2010 (electronic resource)

        Book Further

      17. The Affect theory reader - Melissa Gregg, Gregory J. Seigworth c2010

        Book Further Also available as an Electronic Resource

      18. Language ideologies and media discourse: texts, practices, politics | ebook - Sally A. Johnson, Tommaso M. Milani, ebrary, Inc c2010 (electronic resource)

        Book Further

      19. Language ideologies and media discourse: texts, practices, politics - Sally A. Johnson, Tommaso M. Milani 2010

        Book Further Also available as an Electronic Resource

      20. Transgressive bodies: representations in film and popular culture - Richardson, Niall 2010

        Book Further Also available as an Electronic Resource

      21. Touching feeling: affect, pedagogy, performativity | ebook - Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Adam Frank, ebrary, Inc 2003 (electronic resource)

        Book Further

      22. Touching feeling : affect, pedagogy, performativity - Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick 2003

        Book Further Also available as an Electronic Resource

      23. Understanding popular music culture - Roy Shuker 2016

        Book Further

      24. Studying sexualities: theories, representations, cultures - Richardson, Niall, Smith, Clarissa, Werndly, Angela 2013

        Book Further

      25. Ordinary affects | ebook - Kathleen Stewart, ebrary, Inc 2007 (electronic resource)

        Book Further

      26. Ordinary affects - Kathleen Stewart 2007

        Book Further Also available as an Electronic Resource

      27. The body - Blackman, Lisa 2008

        Book Further

      28. The body: a reader - Fraser, Mariam, Greco, Monica 2005

        Book Further

      29. Meat market: female flesh under capitalism - Penny, Laurie 2011

        Book Further

      30. Queer TV: theories, histories, politics | ebook - Glyn Davis, Gary Needham, ebrary, Inc 2008 (electronic resource)

        Book Further

      31. Queer TV: theories, histories, politics - Glyn Davis, Gary Needham 2009

        Book Further Also available as an Electronic Resource

      32. The concise encyclopedia of communication 2015

        Book Further Also available as an Electronic Resource

      33. The concise encyclopedia of communication - ebrary 2015 (electronic resource)

        Book Further

      34. Reality TV - June Deery 2015

        Book Further

      35. Reading celebrity gossip magazines | ebook - Andrea M. McDonnell, ebrary 2014 (electronic resource)

        Book Further

      36. Reading celebrity gossip magazines - Andrea M. McDonnell 2014

        Book Further Also available as an Electronic Resource

      37. The new queer aesthetic on television: essays on recent programming - James R. Keller, Leslie Stratyner 2005

        Book Further Also available as an Electronic Resource

      38. Understanding media theory - Kevin Williams 2003

        Book