Introduction to Screen Cultures - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Journal Part 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 - Jounral Part 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,070.00

Introduction to the history, and theory of screen arts, including: drama, documentary, avant-garde, television and new media with an emphasis on formalist and genre analysis.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify concepts themes and methodologies of analysis in the field of screen studies
  2. appraise themes concepts and styles in past and present screen works
  3. apply discipline knowledge and critical skills to the analysis of past and present screen works
  4. synthesise knowledge and skills of screen analysis and present outcomes in writing and orally
  5. reflect on own learning and outcomes.
  • Assignment 1 — Journal Part 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Jounral Part 2 (20%)
  • Essay (30%)
  • Presentation — Tutorial Presentation (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Formalism and film analysis
5Classical Narrative
6Genre: The Western
7Genre: Horror & Sci-fi
8Genre: Film noir
9French New Wave and Counter-Cinema
10Experimental, Animation & Non-Narrative
11New World Filmmaking and Digital Media

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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