Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Olivia Khoo/Dr Constantine Verevis (Caulfield, Clayton); Dr Jonathan Driskell (Sunway)


Previously coded FTV1050


This introductory unit aims to acquaint students with basic principles of contemporary film studies, including film theory and history. Topics to be discussed include: film narrative and formal analysis, film sound and editing, film genre and authorship, art cinema and national cinemas, documentary and experimental film practice. Attention will be paid to recent theories of film including those which address the socio-political significance of the medium and the ways in which it may reinforce conceptions of social and sexual identity. Film texts for exploration include those from Australian, American, European and Asian cinemas.


By the completion of this subject students will be expected to have:

  1. Acquired a sense of the scope of contemporary film studies.
  2. Demonstrated an understanding of film form and various film genres.
  3. Demonstrated an understanding of broad cultural and historical developments in film studies.
  4. Developed skills in the analysis of film texts in relation to contemporary film theoretical debates.
  5. Developed an ability to recognise and evaluate critical arguments.


Written work(2700 words): 60%
1 Hour visual test: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Constantine Verevis (Clayton); Dr Olivia Khoo (Caulfield): Dr Jonathan Driskell (Sunway

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture per week
One 1-hour tutorial per week
One 2- hour screening per week

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

Film and television studies