Screen History and Research - 2017

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 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay (50%) , Quiz (10%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit introduces you to historical research into film and television. You will learn a range of explanatory frameworks used in screen analysis including: Industrial and Economic History; Technology; Audiences; Authorship and Gender. You will develop skills in the use and verification of evidence, research and historical explanation.

By the end of the unit, you will be familiar with key frameworks used in screen studies, possess the conceptual tools and vocabulary for screen research and be able to analyse screen texts in relationship to social, technical, economic and political issues. You will also be able to recognise different arguments made by theorists and understand how to apply ideas, analysis, critical thinking and clear writing to screen text analysis.

At the completion of this study period students will:

  1. be familiar with the main explanatory frameworks offered in screen studies: biography, industrial or economic history, aesthetics, technology, audiences, gender
  2. have acquired the conceptual tools and appropriate vocabulary to undertake screen research 
  3. be able to analyse individual and groups of screen texts in terms of their relationship to wider social, technical, economic and political issues 
  4. be able to recognise the different kinds of arguments made by screen theorists and scholars concerning the relationship between film and wider social, cultural and technical issues 
  5. have acquired, in addition to these discipline specific skills, better generic skills, including an understanding of how to apply ideas, the ability to analyse, to think critically, and to write clearly
  6. as well as teaching the course-specific skills above, our aim is to encourage students to develop oral, written and visual communication skills, critical judgement, informed independence of thought, and the ability to conduct research.
  • Essay (50%)
  • Quiz (10%)
  • Report (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Placing films in their historical contexts
2Genre and History
3Film Technologies (storytelling)
4Staging the scene of film
5Storytelling in Film
6Film Technologies (framing and affects)
7Industrial and Economic Change in Cinema
8Film Authorship/Auteurism/Screen Audiences (regulations and censorship)
9The Politics of Representation: Gender Reconsidered
10The History of the Film Western

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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