Australian Theatre, Film and Learning (EDUF3034)


This unit of study examines the Australian identity through an exploration of Australian film, theatre, and television traditional formats and new digital content and delivery platforms. The unit focuses on young Australian playwrights, performers and filmmakers, and the range of learning that takes place through young people's engagement in, and appreciation of, theatre, film, television and digital content. A variety of genre, formats and delivery are critically examined against the backdrop of Australian historical and sociological perspectives. Critical analysis is undertaken, not only through deconstructing Australian films and plays, but also through constructing digital content, using smart phone video application. Australian Theatre, Film and Learning goes behind the scenes, with intimate access to leading theatre and film industry experts as guest speakers, with opportunities to see Australian non-traditional and traditional performance and theatre first hand, through exciting field trips. In examining Australian plays, television and films as cultural artifacts, perceptions of Australian identity are challenged with a particular focus on the works of Australian Indigenous, multicultural and female creatives. Students enrolled in this unit will incur a levy to cover any additional costs.

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Further unit of study information


1x2-hr lecture/wk for 11 wks, 1x1-hr tutorial/wk for 11 wks, 3x field trips


1000wd media review (20%), 2000wd essay (40%), 15min group presentation and individual 1000wd reflection report (20%), and a group digitial construction project (20%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


42 credit points of units

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.