Singapore University of Social Sciences

Film Genre: Understanding Types of Film

Film Genre: Understanding Types of Film (FLM201)

Applications Open: 01 May 2024

Applications Close: 15 June 2024

Next Available Intake: July 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1391.78 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Digital Media

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


This course provides students with an overview of major film genres—categories of films such as the Western, film noir, and science fiction. Students will learn how each genre has specific features or conventions that encode meaning and generate expectations about the viewing experience. Students will also look at how genre films may challenge the parameters of their type and incorporate hybridity and reflexivity. Students will examine what genres reveal about the cultures that produce them, and assess whether genres change over time. Key films representing each genre will be studied

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • Introduction to Film Genre
  • The Western, Action Film, and Comedy
  • Drama, Crime Film, and Film Noir
  • Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy
  • Musical, War Film, Epic, and Documentary

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss the characteristics of the major film genres.
  • Show, through close reading of films, the impact that genre has in creating expectations about film.
  • Examine films that have modified the conventions or self-reflexively played with genre.
  • Analyse the ways in which genre impacts marketing of films.
  • Explain the significance of conventions in film genre and support the discussion with good evidence.
  • Demonstrate the use of genre in writing for film.
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