Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Dr Belinda Smaill


Previously coded FTV3070


Subjectivity, Spectatorship and Film and Television looks at how different kinds of individual subjects are represented in and are thought to view film and television. Consideration will be given to contemporary and historical theorisations of spectatorship and subjectivity. Particular attention will be given to gender, ethnicity or race, and sexuality. A range of different examples will be discussed and viewed throughout the semester, encompassing film and television from Australian, the USA and other national contexts.


On the successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Be able to demonstrate an understanding the historical development of key theoretical approaches to spectatorship and subjectivity;
  2. Given examples of film and television, be able to identify how the formal and narrative codes of the two mediums correlate with different modes of spectatorship;
  3. Be able to compare and analyse different theoretical approaches to subjectivity and spectatorship with regard to select examples of film and television;
  4. Be able to critically analyse written and filmic texts in a clear and confident manner in both written and oral presentation.


Written assignments (3500 words): 60%
Class participation: 10%
Examination (1-hour): 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Belinda Smaill

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week
One 2-hour screening per week

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

Film and television studies


Two units at first-year and two units at second-year level in Film and Television or approved discipline


FTV2070, FTV3070