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
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Adrian Martin; Dr Claire Perkins


This unit will introduce students to new approaches in the production, consumption and study of film and screen texts. With a focus on a range of bold and current material from world film and screen contexts, students will study new forms of narrativisation, exhibition, aesthetics, authorship, spectatorship, genre and performance, attending to how these practices extend, revise and subvert classical traditions. Particular attention will be paid to how these new practices demonstrate the ideological capacity of film and screen texts to shape identity politics around issues of gender, race and sexuality. Students will also be introduced to new theories and concepts in film and screen scholarship, such as those from the areas of intermediality, film-philosophy and neurocinematics. Across the study of both texts and theories, consideration will be given to how contemporary issues of hybridity, convergence and digital culture have shaped these new directions.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Critically analyse a range of contemporary narrative and non-narrative film and screen material from different national contexts
  2. Understand and apply a range of contemporary theories and arguments in film and screen scholarship
  3. Interpret and analyse how contemporary film and screen representations contribute to specific forms of identity politics
  4. Demonstrate an ability to conduct research and develop and present a critical argument in a manner appropriate to second year study
  5. Demonstrate skills in providing audio-visual commentary and criticism on film and screen texts
  6. Engage confidently in discussion of texts, theories and arguments in seminar environments both in the classroom and online


Audio-visual commentary: 25%
Research essay: 40%
Multiple choice test: 25%
Seminar participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

4 contact hours per week: 1 x 2 hour screening + 1 x 2 hour seminar. Remaining 8 hours of private study per week to be spent reading and watching assigned material and preparing for assessment tasks.

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


A gateway unit in Film & screen studies, Communications or Literary studies