Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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 2014 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Claire Perkins


Previously coded FTV2240


Film and television institutions considers a number of institutionalised and unofficial public and industrial discourses that support contemporary film and television texts and industries. These include industry publicity and marketing; advertising and commercial tie-ins; media coverage of stars and directors; film and television censorship and studio self-regulation; motion picture palaces and suburban multiplexes; film and television reviewing and academic criticism; the impact of television and wide-screen technologies in the fifties; the impact of home video and cable television in the seventies and eighties; and new media technologies in the nineties and beyond.


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

  1. Recognise that meaning is not simply an intra-textual property of a particular text but an effect of historically specific extra-textual, material technologies or institutions;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of historically specific material technologies of production, distribution, exhibition and reception, in relation to a range of contemporary and historical film and television examples;
  3. Develop a methodology for investigating the material - social, historical and political - difference of specific national film and television texts and industries.


Written assignments: 75%
In-class visual test: 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour seminar per week or 24 hours per semester
One 2-hour screening per week or 24 hours per semester

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


One gateway unit in Film and Screen Studies or approved discipline


FTV2240, FTV3240