Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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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)Ms Janice Loreck


Previously coded FTV3070


Watching Film and Television: Gender, Sexuality and Spectatorship surveys different ways in which scholars have understood the relationship between film and television and the viewer. Consideration will be given to contemporary and historical theorisations of film and television viewing such as those pertaining to spectatorship, the public sphere, audience studies and/or the senses. These examples and methods will be analysed in relation to the specific concerns of subjectivity that may include a focus on gender and/or race and/or sexuality. A range of different contemporary and historical screen 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: 75%
In-class visual test: 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

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

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


One gateway unit in Film and Screen Studies or approved discipline.
As this is a third-year level unit, it is recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed at least one second-year level Film and Screen Studies unit.


FTV2070, FTV3070