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Postgraduate Course Information

Honours and Master’s courses

Entry into any of the courses is by permission of the instructor. Please note that courses offered at the senior and graduate levels are subject to change. 

Honours and 4th year

Topics in Film Studies (DRAA 4105A)

Offered as semester-long 4th-year/Honours course or as a Research Project option, this seminar course focuses on 5 topics within contemporary film studies: (a) Film Studies and Digital Technologies, (b) the Business of Film, (c) Spectacle and Narrative in Contemporary Media Culture, (d) Hollywood/Bollywood/Nollywood and (e) Cinema in South Africa. Students work in pairs or in small groups to explore various aspects pertaining to their chosen topic, which may include textual, ideological, aesthetic and/or production analyses, by engaging with the research/scholarship, debates, practices, and case studies relevant to the selected topic.  A combination of written submissions, oral presentations, and class attendance and participation will form the basis of assessment in this course.

Participatory Cultures

A critical investigation, in the tradition of cultural studies, into the practices and performances that inform various kinds of participatory cultures. In this seminar-based course, we will also focus on how our location in Johannesburg, and more in broadly South Africa and the global south, influences and inflects participation in these cultures and subcultures.

Digital Humanities (offered from 2020)

This seminar-based course explores the ethical, political, and material, effects of digital techne within their situated networks. The course takes its impetus from intersectional queer, and feminist, perspectives within the Digital Humanities and will reflect on how digital formations might both constitute and/ or frustrate decolonising procedures.

Film Studies

This seminar course explores 5 topics within contemporary film studies:

  • Film Studies and Digital Technologies
  • The Business of Film
  • Spectacle and Narrative in Contemporary Media Culture
  • Hollywood/Bollywood/Nollywood
  • Cinema in South Africa.

Students work in pairs or small groups to explore various aspects pertaining to their chosen topic by engaging with the research and scholarship, debates, practices, and case studies relevant to the selected topic.

Masters

Bodies and Technoscapes (DRAA7028)

The course will critically evaluate how media - and other visualising - systems represent, produce discourses about, and constitute, somatechnologies. It explores a range of body-technology intervolvements from different critical perspectives whilst emphasising the insights that the technological turn in queer theory and feminist science and technology studies bring to bear on the topic. We will investigate the social, political and/or ethical dimensions of divergent technosomic practices including but not limited to: biomechatronics (e.g. prosthetics); biomedical technologies that reshape corporealities (e.g. transsexual and transplant surgeries of different kinds; technologies that confound distinctions between life and death states); drone technologies; biomedicine; artificial intelligences and various cyber practices.

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