Not currently available in 2020
Introduces students to "law and the visual", "law and popular culture" and to the fundamental concepts of visual literacy. Students are invited to consider the intersection of legal and visual discourses and the idea that cinema (fiction, documentary, and other genres and comics) are practices from which it is possible to learn about law and which can problematise legal discourse.
Topic 1: Theoretical introduction to “law and the visual”
Topic 2: Theoretical introduction to “law and popular culture”
Topic 3: Fundamental concepts of visual literacy
Topic 4: Similarities between the different aspects of the cinematic world (the script, the staging, the location, the aesthetics, the performance) and the legal world
Topic 5: Law in cinema and law as cinema
Topic 6: Censorship and cinema
Topic 7: Inner semiotic structure and aesthetic properties of comics and graphic novels
Topic 8: Interpenetration of media, law and (pop) culture in graphic novels/comics
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical principles of “law and the visual” and “law and popular culture”||Intellectual rigour|
|2||explain the set of visual competencies or cognitive skills and strategies one needs to make sense of visual images||Intellectual rigour||Cultural competence|
|3||demonstrate knowledge of the idea of “law as cinema” and “law in cinema”||Communication and social skills||Cultural competence|
|4||analyse the intersection of legal and visual discourses and cinema||Communication and social skills||Cultural competence|
|5||analyse the intersection of legal and visual discourses and comics||Communication and social skills||Cultural competence|
|6||analyse films and comics as a place of emergence of legal meanings that actually shape law||Communication and social skills||Cultural competence|
|7||demonstrate their skills in critical analysis and the written presentation of research and argument.||Intellectual rigour||Communication and social skills|
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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