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ATS4279

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitFilm and Television Studies
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Therese Davis

Notes

Previously coded FTV4042

Synopsis

This unit examines some concepts in the history of film theory by considering a number of theoretical and critical writings in relation to a range of films. Topics for examination include early silent film theory, the notion of the historical avant-garde in the form of French impressionism, the film theories of Kracauer and Bazin, French new wave criticism, the neglected tradition of realist phenomenology in film theory, 1968 and the leftist turn and the question of film language and structuralism.

Outcomes

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

  1. identify and summarise a number of critical positions in historical film theory
  2. critically assess the limitations of these positions so as to begin to establish new domains of inquiry
  3. identify and defend their own critical positions with the field of film studies
  4. relate these positions to the examination of films and film related material
  5. demonstrate an understanding of research methodologies and the requirements of research papers.

Assessment

Written work: 80% (7500 words)
Participation and paper (1500 words): 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

4 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar and 1 x 2 hour screening) per week

Prerequisites

Two units at 2nd year level in Film and Television Studies, or other approved discipline

Prohibitions

APG4279 / APG5279