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With a particularly strong focus on film, this course will introduce you to different theoretical and practical perspectives on the role and power of media in society. Starting with theoretical input on the definitions of media, aspects of media history, media theory and media analysis, we will move on to closely study film sequences of iconic British films, such as James Bond, Harry Potter, and others. Our focus will be on representations and negotiations of Britishness in its various forms. We will also include other forms of media, such as printed text and digital products, into our critical discussions. Ultimately, this course aims to sharpen our consciousness for the social and cultural functions of media, and how media influences political beliefs, identities and behaviours.
Reading texts and/or watching films in preparation for each class is mandatory for all students who would like to participate in this course. In order to gain credits for this course, students will have to write a glossary entry on Moodle and do a case study (group work) which they will have to present in class. Please note: In order to attend this course, students must register before the beginning of term.
A pdf-reader will be made available at the beginning of the semester.