Reading Screens - 2018

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Unit summary

SCA210

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Critical journal (30%) , Assignment 2 - Online presentation (20%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,070.00

An intermediate level unit that explores the history and theory of screen arts with an emphasis on semiotic analysis.

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

  1. identify concepts themes and semiotic methodologies of screen analysis
  2. appraise themes concepts and styles in past and present cinemas
  3. apply discipline knowledge and critical skills to the analysis of past and present cinematic works
  4. synthesise knowledge and skills of semiotic film analysis and present outcomes in writing and orally.
  • Assignment 1 — Critical journal (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Online presentation (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Online discussion (20%)
  • Assignment 4 — Essay (30%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Introduction
2Semiotics
3National Cinema
4Feminism & Gender Studies
5Queer Theory
6Spectatorship
7Auteur Theory
8Documentary
9Cable TV Drama
10Cult TV
11Sitcoms
12Essay workshop

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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