Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitFilm and Television Studies
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr Therese Davis


The unit looks at international dimensions of Australian cultural production and its audiences. Students will study a range of historical and contemporary Australian cultural texts such as film and literature, analysing how their images of Australian experience and forms of national identity have been received and understood in international contexts. They will also reflect on the European traditions that have helped to develop and shape the Australian cultural imaginary. Finally, students will be introduced to relevant theories and concepts in this area such as cosmopolitanism, transnationalism and globalisation.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically examine a range of film and literary texts as representations of Australian national experience and identity as they contribute to the Australian imaginary;
  2. Articulate an understanding of Australian film and literature in relation to theories of globalization and transnationalism;
  3. Analyse the international reception of Australian cultural texts;
  4. Demonstrate skills in the textual analysis of texts in relation to contemporary reformulations of nationalism and globalism;
  5. Critically engage with written and visual texts in a clear and confident manner in both written and oral presentation;

Additionally, 3rd year students will;

  1. Have a more profound understanding of the above-mentioned theories and their sophisticated applications to cultural texts.


Research exercise/presentation (1800 words): 40%
Essay (1800 words): 40%
Test (900 words): 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Two week intensive mode
Week 1: two 2-hour screenings and four 2-hour seminars;
Week 2: two 2-hour screenings and four 2-hour seminars, plus field work and group presentations.

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


Two first year units in Film, Literature, Communications or Australian Studies.