The Auteur: Great Directors (Previously Screen Analysis 2) - 2017

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Unit summary


  • 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 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (40%) , Essay 2 (60%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

Please note: This unit was previously known as Screen Analysis 2.

The average entertainment film is the result of dozens, sometimes hundreds, of creative and technical personnel working together. And yet, certain directors have come to be known for their ability to put an individual stamp on their films, despite the collective and industrial nature of commercial film production. This unit looks closely at the work of such directors: Howard Hawks, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Kathryn Bigelow, Steven Spielberg, the Coen brothers and Wes Anderson, while considering the idea of the director-as-film-author or auteur in its cultural and industrial contexts.

At the completion of this unit students will have:

  1. an improved understanding of film aesthetics in their historical contexts
  2. familiarity with critical and theoretical arguments and debates related to film aesthetics and the auteur--arguments and debates that are fundamental to the field of film and media studies, as well as cinema culture more generally
  3. an improved ability to think critically about film and film theory and apply this to critical analyses of film texts
  4. an improved ability to make close analyses of different types of film texts
  5. an improved ability to think more critically and write more clearly, as a consequence of having practised these skills while completing the unit.
  • Essay 1 (40%)
  • Essay 2 (60%)

You must complete Level 1 Communication Studies before starting this unit.

  • Other special requirement — Access to videos or DVDs or movie downloads

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction: the idea of the auteur/Howard Hawks I
2Howard Hawks II
3Kubrick I
4Kubrick II
5Scorsese I
6Scorsese II
7Bigelow I
8Bigelow II
9Coen Brothers I
10Coen Brothers II
11Wes Anderson I
12Wes Anderson II

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • 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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