Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Genre Research
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Other 5 x 4-hour sessions; a blend of lectures, screenings and seminar discussions.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1. Research Plan: a document specifying chosen genre,  written sources, interview subjects, specific areas of exploration within their chosen narrative.  30%
Semester Assessment 2. Research Findings document  70%
Supplementary Assessment 1. Resit of Research Plan (1,500-2,000 words).  Resits of assignments will follow the same structure but be on a different topic/creative structure.  30%
Supplementary Assessment 2. Resit of Research Findings Document (3,000 words).  70%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. To develop a sophisticated understanding of a range of practical methodologies.

2. To make an informed decision in selecting and applying an appropriate methodology for the chosen (sub) genre.

3. To carry out effective independent research, and present the findings in an organised manner.


This module provides students with an understanding of the theory and practice of specific genre or subjenre, primarily through a project of individual research.

Brief description

Students will carry out research into a chosen genre or subgenre, to enhance their understanding of the conventions of that genre, and the ways in which it influences such script elements as plot points, character and characterisation, dialogue and description.


Students carry out an in-depth research project into their chosen genre or subgenre. There are also a series of lectures exploring methodological approaches to genre study, and various genres and subgenres.

Students will submit a research proposal, then carry out individual research through a variety of sources: archival, personal interviews, on-line material, close analysis of relevant films or television programmes, and so on. They will present their findings in a Research Findings Document.
This module feeds into TFM1860. Students choosing to write a Creative Portfolio in TFM1860 will work within the genre or subgenre they have researched.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Not assessed or developed
Communication Written communication skills are at the heart of all the work a student does
Improving own Learning and Performance Students are expected to drive their own learning and to develop their own unique creative approaches.
Information Technology Students will be required to make full use of the library facilities, web research, and master the computer-based script formats.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will come into contact with industry professionals through the course of their research, and will develop new skills within a particular genre, which will aid them in future career planning. Students also attend one lecture on career planning and employment skills.
Problem solving Not directly assessed
Research skills Research plays a significant part in this module.
Subject Specific Skills Students develop a deep knowledge of a specific (sub)genre, which is important to both a creative writer and a researcher.
Team work Students will have the opportunity to access and give feedback on each other’s work.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Altman, Rick (1999) Film/Genre London: BFI Primo search Creeber, G. (ed) (2008) The Television Genre Book 2nd ed London: BFI Primo search Geraghty, C. (1991) Women and Soap Opera: a study of prime time soaps Polity Primo search Hobson, D. (1982) Crossroads: the drama of Soap Opera Methuen Primo search Hobson, D. (2003) Soap Opera Polity Primo search Neale, S. (1999) Genre and Hollywood Methuen Primo search Perret, Gene (1982) Comedy Writing, Step by Step Samuel French Primo search Schatz, T. (1981) Hollywood Genres McGraw-Hill Primo search Wolff, Jurgen (1988) Successful Sitcom Writing St. Matin's Press Primo search Nochimson, M.P. (2002) Film Quarterly 'Whaddya Lookin' At?: Re-reading the Gangster Genre Through "The Sopranos" 56-2-2 Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7