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COM2408

Faculty of Arts

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Singapore Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Simon Cooper

Synopsis

An introduction to the study of film and television/video as mediums of fictional and documentary narrative. Major developments in the history of cinema. Films will be analysed formally in terms of narrative, editing, mise en scene, shots, lighting and sound, and stylistically in terms of genre and authorship. Different theoretical approaches to screen studies including aestheticism, discourse analysis and semiotics.

Objectives

Students successfully completing this unit will have demonstrated ability to;
1. Analyse and evaluate screen representations, on film and television, in terms of: stylistic elements (mise-en-scene, shots, editing, lighting and sound); narrative form; 2. Aspects of screen theory: genre, authorship; 3. Gender, psychoanalysis; historical and social contexts of production and reception; 4. They will also have an understanding of a range of critical and theoretical approaches to screen studies and their place in the wider field of cultural studies.

Assessment

Written work: 50%
Exam: 50%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Writing
Communications

Prerequisites

COM1010 and COM1020 or equivalents

Prohibitions

COM3408, GSC2408, GSC3408