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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Addresses film as a major communication medium in terms of its form, history and its social, cultural, economic and political contexts. By examining the production and reception of film texts in their cultural contexts students are given an understanding of the place of film in everyday life - its passion, politics and pleasures. Films are not just made in Hollywood and so different styles, traditions and aesthetic concerns from around the globe shall be considered.

Unit content

  1. Cinema, Culture, Context
  2. Elements of Film: Narrative & Image
  3. Elements of Film: Sound and Editing
  4. Authorship & Genre
  5. Beyond the Film Text: Stars, Fans and Identity
  6. National Cinemas / Transnational Audiences

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 analyse and discuss a variety of films from across the globe in their historical, cultural and cross-cultural contexts
2 engage with, apply and acknowledge the value of theory and criticism in film studies
3 identify the basic elements and principles of film form and narrative structures
4 interrogate categories of difference (ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, class etc.) as they are represented in film texts

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. analyse and discuss a variety of films from across the globe in their historical, cultural and cross-cultural contexts
  2. engage with, apply and acknowledge the value of theory and criticism in film studies
  3. identify the basic elements and principles of film form and narrative structures
  4. interrogate categories of difference (ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, class etc.) as they are represented in film texts

Prescribed texts

  • A compiled Book of Readings available through myReadings is the prescribed reading material for this unit: Jones, A (ed.), 2017, Book of Readings: Film Studies: Cinema, Culture, Context (COM10082), 3rd edn, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.