CoomeraSession 2Session 2
OnlineSession 2Session 2

Unit description

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

Section 1  Film Narrative And Form

Topic 1: Cinema, culture, context
Topic 2: Celluloid storytelling
Topic 3: The truth is out there: Documenting culture

Section 2  Elements of Film

Topic 4: Writing in light: Cinematography
Topic 5: Manipulating time and space: Editing
Topic 6: Sounding out the image

Section 3  Approaching Film Texts

Topic 7: Vision, style and politics: Auteur theory
Topic 8: Familiar pleasures: Genre and film
Topic 9: Projecting desires: Stars and fan-tales
Topic 10: Beyond the frame: De-fragmenting cultural identity

Section 4  National Cinemas/ Transnational Audiences

Topic 11: Chinese cinema: Allegories of gender and nation
Topic 12: Indian visions: The Other Hollywood

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour/weekly (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours/weekly (12 weeks)
Proposal Presentation 20%
Essential Reading test 20%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 2 hours  (12 weeks)
Proposal Presentation 20%
Essential Reading test 20%

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