Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Constantine Verevis


This unit will provide an opportunity for students to critically reflect on the key critical approaches and concepts in film and television studies with a focus on new technologies and digital cultures. It will look at the theoretical and critical issues arising from changes to the field in the digital era as they apply to a wide range of new screen medias. Its research project approach will provide students with advanced training in research skills and methodologies in preparation for Honours and employment in creative industries.


  1. Identify and evaluate film and television theory and scholarly debates in relation to contemporary and historical film and television examples and methods [literature review]
  2. Understand and apply advanced intermediate library and archival research skills [Literature review, Group research project proposal]
  3. Critically reflect on and synthesise film and television theoretical approaches and communicate this in written, oral and audio-visual form [Group research essay and presentations]
  4. Actively designing collaborative modes of problem solving in a group project task [Research project design and group work]
  5. Understand and apply a range of theoretical approaches to contemporary and historical narrative and non-narrative forms of film and television such as psychoanalysis, queer theory, transnationalism and intermediality to a wide range of digital and internet televisionmedias in both scholarly and practical assignments. [Research project]
  6. Interpret and analyse forms of film and television critical and theoretical practices in the context of digital cultures. [research project]
  7. Undertake academically rigorous research, demonstrating skills in research project planning, design and writing, and production. [Research proposal, reflective journal and group work]


Literature review: 25%
Group research proposal: 25%
Group research project and presentation: 40%
Reflective journal and seminar participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

24 contact hours in total. 8 hours of private study per week to be spent reading and watching assigned material and preparing for individual and group assessment tasks.

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


A cornerstone unit in Film & screen studies, Journalism studies, Journalism practice, Communications, or Literary studies