Screen Actualities - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2018: SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Tutorial Presentation (30%) , Assignment 2 - Group Research Project (30%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,070.00

The unit examines the history, practices and narrative forms of non-fiction audio visual media texts with a specific focus on documentary film. Major historical and current trends in documentary and factual production are identified and critiqued; the impact of digital technologies in the development of hybridism and nonlinear forms blurring traditional distinctions between fiction/non-fiction texts are also studied in connection with current critical discourse and new models of distribution.

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

  1. identify and apply critical awareness and understandings of non-fiction screen works
  2. analyse a range of documentary film texts, creative and cultural production approaches
  3. construct a documentary film research project
  4. critically reflect on own learning, communication and collaborative practice.
  • Assignment 1 — Tutorial Presentation (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Group Research Project (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Writing: Analytical Essay (40%)

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.

1(Re)constructing Reality on the Screen: an historical overview
2Truth & Fiction in non-fiction: definitions and debates
3Documentary Modes & Trends: a question of genres
4Re-staging Memories: the on ( and off) screen interview as evidence
5Social Impact and Camera Activism
6Missing History on screen: making absence visible
7Historical Justice and Australian Memory Narratives
8Ethics and Narrative
9Narrative and Performance
10Hybridism and non-liner forms
11Big, Small and Multiple Screens

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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