Film Studies

Film Studies

ARHT2632 Modern Australian Art and Cinema

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (ARHT1001 and ARHT1002) or (18 junior credit points including ENGL1011) Prohibitions: ARHT2032 Assessment: 1x2000wd Essay (50%), 1x1hr Short-answer exam (30%), 1x1500wd Seminar paper (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines Australian art, cinema and popular imagery from 1880-1940, situating them within the global history of modernism and modernity. Themes include the landscape tradition, national identity, war, gender, and indigenous issues, with special focus on the Australian film industry.
ARHT2652 From Silent to Sound Cinema

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (ARHT1001 and ARHT1002) or (18 Junior credit points including ENGL1011) Prohibitions: ARHT2052 Assessment: 1x1500wd film analysis (30%), 1x2500wd Essay (70%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Film Studies Core Unit. This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.
Examining cinema as a manifestation of modernity, this unit of study contextualizes film as commodity, industry, institution and mass production of the senses. These concepts will be explored through a study of early American cinema and the Weimar cinema of Germany. The focus is on the aesthetics of the genres of Slapstick, Melodrama, and Horror/Fantasy, studied within an understanding of the historical and industrial context of each national cinema.
ARHT2653 Memory of the World: Key Films

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (ARHT1001 and ARHT1002) or (18 Junior credit points including ENGL1011) or (6 Senior credit points from ICLS) Prohibitions: ARHT2053 Assessment: 1x1500wd film analysis (30%), 1x2500wd Essay (70%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
1. A historical study of independent cinema, or New Wave movements in post-World War II Europe, including Italian Neo- Realism, the French New Wave and New German Cinema among others. 2. The study of Gilles Deleuze's thesis about these cinematic movements and concepts. 3. A study of the idea of Epic cinema cross-culturally so as to understand how memory is erased, sustained and created anew by film.
ARHT2655 Modern Cinema: Modes of Viewing

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (ARHT1001 and ARHT1002) or (18 Junior credit points including ENGL1011) Prohibitions: ARHT2055 Assessment: 1x2000wd Essay (50%), 1x2000wd tutorial paper (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study will give an introduction to how film studies has analysed the meaning of a film in relation to how the film incorporates or addresses the spectator (what is known as theories of spectatorship). Commencing with debates around classical Hollywood cinema and the functioning of the point of view shot, the unit will examine how theories of spectatorship have understood the significance of different genres.
ARHT2656 Film Genres and National Cinemas

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (ARHT1001 and ARHT1002) or (18 Junior credit points including ENGL1011) Prohibitions: ARHT2056 Assessment: 1x1000wd classification exercise (20%), 1x1000wd discussion paper (20%), 1x2500wd Essay (50%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Nations are like movies: they are the result of complex imaginings. To what extent have nations been imagined through movies, and have movies been affected by national imaginings? This unit of study takes Hollywood as a starting point to examine the evolving relation of national cinemas and film genres. A national case study - for instance, Australian cinema - will be studied to identify and analyse some of the complexities of the relation of film genres and national audiences.
ARHT2657 Contemporary Hollywood

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2,Summer Main Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (ARHT1001 and ARHT1002) or (18 Junior credit points including ENGL1011) or (AMST1001 and (HSTY1023 or HSTY1076)) Prohibitions: ARHT2057 Assessment: 1x3000wd Research essay (60%) 1x1500wd review Essay (30%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study will investigate the last two decades of the cinema of the USA, including Hollywood. Students will be introduced to the work of a number of established and emerging American filmmakers, to the work of a number of important film critics, and to issues concerning the theory and practice of film criticism. Critical and analytical focus will centre on the changing relation of subjectivity and time in independent cinema. Films that explore questions of subjectivity and that experiment with narrative structure will be featured.
ARHT3601 Cinematic Transformations

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Bruce Isaacs Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1x1000wd montage analysis (20%), 1x750wd online group assessment task (15%), 1x2000wd research essay (35%), 1x750wd blog (20%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
What is the cinematic object of the twenty-first century? Where do we locate the essence of a medium that has undergone such a radical transformation? This course examines the intersection of film, digital cinema, and new media experiences such as YouTube, machinima and mobile cinema. Where many have spoken of the death of cinema in a digital era, we will conceptualise the complexity of cinema's evolution from its earliest celluloid incarnation to the technologies of digital simulation.
ARIN2630 Digital Arts

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 18 junior credit points from (Anthropology, Art History, Computer Science, Design Computing, English, Gender and Culture Studies, History, Information Systems, Information Technology, Linguistics, Media and Communication, Philosophy, Psychology or Sociology) Prohibitions: ARIN2300 Assessment: 1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1x1500wd Art Review (30%), 1x1000wd Art Blog (20%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Digital Arts explores the ways digital and new media technologies are being used to transform cultural production, distribution and reception in the visual and performing arts, film and popular culture. Students will learn about the changing aesthetic, cultural and technical dimensions of new digital technologies and will develop the critical and analytical tools with which to discuss and evaluate digital art works and the ways that audiences interact with them.
ASLT2616 Australian Stage and Screen

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (18 Junior credit points including 12 Junior credit points from English) or (18 Junior credit points including ENGL1011) Prohibitions: ASLT2016, ASLT2006 Assessment: 1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1x2000wd Take-home exercise (40%), 1xOral Presentation, 1x500wd written summary (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Australian theatre and cinema have lively, at times intersecting, histories, and have played significant roles at both national and international levels, from the depiction of various local 'types' on stage and screen, to the work of Australian actors, directors and cinematographers overseas. This unit examines selected plays and films over the last century or so through a number of thematic focuses, including: race, gender and national identity; comic traditions; Australia and the world; modernity and innovation.
ASLT2619 Australian Gothic

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Peter Kirkpatrick Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (18 junior credit points including 12 junior credit points from English) or (18 junior credit points including ENGL1011) Assessment: 1x2000wd essay (40%), 1x2000wd take-home exercise (40%), 1x oral presentation, 1x500wd written summary (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
From the earliest days of European colonisation, alongside visions of its promise, Australia has also been seen as the worst of all possible worlds, a hellish place of exile where nature seemed uncannily strange or hostile. The 'gothic' has offered a powerful means of representing this dystopian theme. This unit examines the gothic mode in Australian literature and film from the nineteenth century to the present, taking in such issues as 'Weird Melancholy', ghosts, bunyips, badlands and postcolonial (dis)enchantment.
CAEL2039 Screen Arts: an Introduction

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x3-hour studio class/week Prerequisites: CASF1001 or 18 junior credit points from undergraduate table A for Arts and Social Sciences students including ENGL1011 Assessment: small group presentation (10%) and project proposal (20%) and major self-directed project (70%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study introduces you to the conceptual frameworks and technologies that shape the making of screen-based media and contemporary art practices. Through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and screenings you will explore the evolution of experimental film, video art and independent filmmaking from the 1960s to the present. You will engage in the production of a self-directed digital film that may be realized in any style or genre. The unit is supported by a technical program that provides you with the applied skills and competencies needed for the use of studio facilities and equipment.
ENGL1011 Introduction to Film Studies

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2,Winter Main Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1x800wd exercise (20%), 1x800wd exercise (20%), 1x800wd exercise (20%), 1x2000wd Take-home exercise (30%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
How do form and style structure our experience of film? This unit provides a critical introduction to elements of film making and viewing, moving through an exploration of formal components of film to consider film aesthetics in relation to the history of film scholarship. We will consider films in a variety of cultural and historical contexts, from early cinema to youtube, and introduce a series of "case studies" to explore historical, cultural and material contexts of film production and consumption.
ENGL2617 Postmodernism

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points from English) or (6 Junior credit points from English and AMST1001) or (AMST1001 and (HSTY1076 or HSTY1023) or (18 Junior credit points including ENGL1011) Prohibitions: ENGL2017 Assessment: 1x1500wd Essay (40%), 1x2000wd Take-home exercise (40%), 1x500wd equivalent Tutorial presentation (10%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will explore some of the most interesting and innovative theoretical, literary and multimedia texts of the last half century. Some of the topics to be explored include the relationship between modernism and postmodernism; movements, communities and subcultures; experimentalism and activism; small press publishing and independent cinema; politics, history and cultural value; genre, style and intertextuality; auteurism and the 'death of the author'.
ENGL2627 Screening Sexuality

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Kate Lilley Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: ((12 junior credit points from English) or (6 junior credit points from English and AMST1001)) or (AMST1001 and (HSTY1076 or HSTY1023))) or (18 junior credit points including ENGL1011) or (12 junior credit points from GCST, SCLG, ANTH, ENGL1008, ENGL1026, PHIL1011 or PHIL1013) Prohibitions: ENGL2027 Assessment: 1x1500wd word essay (40%), 1x2000wd take-home exercise (40%), 1x500wd tutorial presentation (10%), tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the relationship between cinema and sexuality in classic films through detailed, historicised readings. Questions to be investigated include the erotics of cinematic genre and form; the sexual politics of representation and spectatorship; stardom, scandal and cult appreciation; cinema and sexuality as technologies of modernity; cinema, sexuality and pedagogy.
ENGL2638 Literature and Cinema

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: ((12 Junior credit points from English) or (6 Junior credit points from English and AMST1001)) or (18 Junior credit points including ENGL1011) Prohibitions: ENGL2038 Assessment: 1x500wd Oral Presentation (10%), 1x2000wd Essay (50%), 1x1500wd Take-home exercise (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will examine issues arising from a comparative study of literature and cinema, including: the continuities and discontinuities between the two mediums; the cultural and historical contexts of literary and cinematic texts; authorship, auteurism and aesthetic authority; adaptation and intertextuality; the figurative styles of literature and cinema; narrative and narration in literature and cinema; genre study.
ENGL3616 Reading Contemporary America

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: (18 Senior credit points from English or Australian Literature) or (ARHT2656 and 6 credit points from (ARHT2652, ARHT2653, ARHT2655, ARHT2567, ENGL2627, ENGL2638, ENGL3604, FILM2601, HSTY2608, ICLS2637 or MUSC2663)) Prohibitions: ENGL2635, ENGL2035 Assessment: 1x1000wd presentation (20%), 1x1000wd critical reflection (20%), 1x4000wd Research essay (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit we will investigate aesthetic production in the United States since 9/11. Students will explore the most interesting and engaging cultural work done in the US over the last decade, focusing on diverse communities beset by war, poverty, decline, debt, and crisis. We will look at literature, film, television, radio, photography and art. Our centrepiece is a sustained consideration of the television series The Wire.
EUST2020 Screening Europe: After 1989

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture-seminar/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from European Studies, International and Global Studies, Sociology, Arabic Language and Cultures, French Studies, Germanic Studies, Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, Italian Studies, Modern Greek Studies, Spanish, Latin American Studies, GOVT1104, GOVT1105, GOVT1202, ENGL1009, ENGL1026, ENGL1011, HSTY1045, HSTY1032 or HSTY1044 Assessment: 1x1000wd Assignment (30%), 1x1000wd Class presentation (20%), 1x2500wd Essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Cinema was born on the eve of a century of conflict in Europe. Celebrated as an avant-garde art form, it was also used for political propaganda and popular entertainment during the 20th century. Most recently European cinema has taken on another function, contributing to the creation of modern European identities through critical self-representation. This unit focuses on a range of recent films in order to study social and cultural change in the new Europe of the past two decades.
FILM2601 Cinema Today: Traffic in Moving Images

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Richard Smith Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (18 junior credit points including ENGL1011) or (12 senior credit points from Digital Cultures) Assessment: 1x500wd descriptive exercise (10%), 1x1500wd critical analysis (30%), 1x2500wd research essay (50%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The twentieth century was known as the cinematic century. How best should we understand film today? Once confined to the physical space of the movie theatre, the cinematic image is now mobile, part of our everyday mediascapes. This unit considers the broad history of film from the perspective of the contemporary moment, while also providing the conceptual tools for analyzing the future of film in a media-convergent world.
FILM2810 Film Studies Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Students enrolled at Sydney University who wish to take the equivalent of a 6 credit-point senior unit of study in Film at an approved overseas university should enrol in this unit. Such students must seek approval for their proposed course of study from the Undergraduate Studies Coordinator.
FILM2811 Film Studies Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Students enrolled at Sydney University who wish to take the equivalent of a 6 credit-point senior unit of study in Film at an approved overseas university should enrol in this unit. Such students must seek approval for their proposed course of study from the Undergraduate Studies Coordinator.
FILM2812 Film Studies Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Students enrolled at Sydney University who wish to take the equivalent of a 6 credit-point senior unit of study in Film at an approved overseas university should enrol in this unit. Such students must seek approval for their proposed course of study from the Undergraduate Studies Coordinator.
FILM2813 Film Studies Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Students enrolled at Sydney University who wish to take the equivalent of a 6 credit-point senior unit of study in Film at an approved overseas university should enrol in this unit. Such students must seek approval for their proposed course of study from the Undergraduate Studies Coordinator.
FILM2814 Film Studies Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Students enrolled at Sydney University who wish to take the equivalent of a 6 credit-point senior unit of study in Film at an approved overseas university should enrol in this unit. Such students must seek approval for their proposed course of study from the Undergraduate Studies Coordinator.
FILM4101 Film Studies Honours A

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week, 4x workshops/semester Assessment: 1x18000-20000wd thesis (60%), 2x6000-8000wd written works from one seminar and one workshop (2x20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Honours is an intensive year-long program of advanced study based around research. Honours is undertaken after successful completion of a Bachelor degree and where the overall mark is a minimum credit average (70%). Entry into Honours is selective and work at this level is challenging. Honours is available in most subjects areas taught in the Faculty, and which are listed under Tables A and B in the Handbook. Students will complete a thesis and coursework seminars throughout the year. For further information contact the Honours Coordinator in the department or consult the Handbook entry for the relevant subject area.
FILM4102 Film Studies Honours B

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: FILM4101 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to FILM4101
FILM4103 Film Studies Honours C

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: FILM4102 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to FILM4101
FILM4104 Film Studies Honours D

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: FILM4103 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to FILM4101
FRNC2681 French Narrative Cinema

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr seminar/week Prerequisites: FRNC1632 Prohibitions: FRNC2802 Assessment: 1x10 Minute Tutorial presentation equivalent to 1500wds in English (25%), 1x1000wd written class assignment (15%), 1xResearch essay equivalent to 3500wds in English (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will explore the ways in which French cinema and society have interacted since WWII. It will examine how French society has been represented in fiction films and how major socio-political events have shaped French cinema. We will explore some basic concepts in French film theory and analytical methods derived from them. Film screenings are an integral part of the unit, and students must arrange their timetable so that they can watch each film at least once.
FRNC3690 French Political Cinema

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week and film screenings Prerequisites: FRNC2633 and 12 credit points from (FRNC2644, FRNC2651, FRNC2655, FRNC2656, FRNC2657, FRNC2671, FRNC2675, FRNC2680, FRNC2681, FRNC2688, FRNC2691, FRNC2692, FRNC2693) Assessment: 1x1hr class test (equivalent to 800wds) (20%), 1xTutorial presentation (equivalent to 1200wds) (30%), 1xEssay (equivalent to 4000wds) (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will focus on a type of filmmaking that shows political and social awareness by depicting socio-political events, contemporary social realities in France and issues of marginality and difference. It will consider the contexts in which various trends of political films have emerged, the influence of post-war film history and contemporary events. The unit will explore issues of cinematic representation of marginality, ethnicity, sexuality and difference. Film screenings are an integral part of the course.
GRMN2633 Topics in German Film

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Andrea Bandhauer Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points of Germanic Studies) or (18 Junior credit points including ENGL1011) or (6 Senior credit points in ICLS) Prohibitions: GRMN2455 Assessment: 1x3000wd essay (50%), 1x1500wd written tutorial paper (25%), 1x1500wd class presentation (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study will explore German film from the perspectives of film theory and historical culture. Discussions will situate films within the German political and cultural context of their time and study them from the perspective of contemporary cross-cultural critique. The unit may concentrate on the works of a specific director, a period or a genre, or deal with key social and political issues within a selection of German films.
Textbooks
German film course pack to be purchased from the University Copy Centre
HSTY2608 European Film and History

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2,Summer Main Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr film screening/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points of History or Ancient History) or (6 Senior credit points of European Studies) or (18 Junior credit points including ENGL1011) Prohibitions: HSTY2008 Assessment: 1x2500wd Research essay (50%) and 1x2hr formal examination (40%) and Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Using a number of significant films from across the continent of Europe, the unit examines the way in which films can both create the past and transform existing ideas about the past. The unit examines a range of different kinds of films: "historical" films which set out self-consciously to construct a version of the past as well as those in which film-makers have confronted the contemporary problems of their own society.
HSTY2620 War and Cinema

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Judith Keene Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lecture/week and 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 junior credit points of History, Ancient History or Asian Studies or 18 junior credit points including ARHT1002 or ENGL1011 Assessment: 1x2500wd research essay (50%), 1x1.5hr exam (40%), 1x500wd group presentation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
War and the experience of individuals in wartime have been central to the movie narrative across a range of cinemas. Equally, popular understandings of particular wars and their national significance are frequently derived from cinematic representation. Screening Hollywood, European and Australian films, this course will examine representations of war and their significance for national identity and popular understanding as well as in the development of cinema history.
ICLS2637 Watching Stars: Film and the Star System

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from any of the following Arabic Studies, Chinese Studies, English, European Studies, French Studies, Germanic Studies, Modern Hebrew, Indonesian Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Modern Greek & Byzantine Studies, Spanish & Latin American Studies or History Assessment: 1x1000wds equivalent Oral Presentation (20%), 2x 2500wd Essay (80%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will investigate how film stars reflect national preoccupations and how they achieve national and transnational fame. It will examine and compare several major film stars from several cultures and will analyse their star image through, for example, their on-screen performance in film adaptations, their celebrity bodies and faces and their representations in the popular media. Students will be introduced to film star theories. Students will have to attend at least 4 film screenings.
ITLN3679 Filming Fiction: The Italian Experience

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: ITLN1612 or HSC Italian Prohibitions: ITLN3706 Assessment: Tutorial participation (10%), 1xOral Presentation (equivalent to 1500wds) (20%), Written assignments (equivalent to 2000wds) (30%), 1x2500wd final Essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
An examination of the relationship between Italian cinema and fiction. Do they speak a common language? Do they employ comparable techniques? Who copies whom? This unit investigates these and other questions by analysing the adaptation of selected contemporary Italian novels into film.
JPNS3675 Japanese Cinema

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week Prerequisites: (JPNS2622) or (12 Senior credit points from Asian Studies) or (ARHT2656 and one of ARHT2652, ARHT2653, ARHT2655, ARHT2657, ENGL2627, ENGL2638, ENGL3604, FILM2601, HSTY2608, ICLS2637 or MUSC2663) or (12 Senior credit points from ICLS) Assessment: 1x1800wd Essay (30%) 1x1200wd film review (20%) 1x1000wd film blog (15%) 1x1500wd semester exam (25%) Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit to students enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program
Cinema is an essential part of cultural life in Japan, which has one of the richest film traditions in the world. This unit introduces the history of Japanese cinema through lectures on important films organised according to major themes and genres. Besides weekly screenings of films, lectures will be richly illustrated with film excerpts. Students will gain an overall insight into the role of cinema in Japanese society and gain the ability to analyse films critically.
MUSC2663 Survey of Film Music

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr James Wierzbicki Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2 hour lecture and 1 hour tut/week Prerequisites: 18 junior credit points Assessment: Review assignments 2,000 words (30%), final paper 2,500 words (50%), participation (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is an introductory survey of the history and aesthetics of film music from the late 1890s to the present day. Topics for discussion will include the dramatic function of music as an element of cinematic narrative, the codification of musical iconography in cinematic genres, the symbolic use of pre-existing music, and the evolving musical styles of film composers.
MUSC2664 Popular Music and the Moving Image

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Charles Fairchild Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2 hour seminar/week Prerequisites: 18 junior credit points Assessment: Musical analysis 1000 words (20%); industrial critique 1000 words (20%);Listening and viewing test (20%); Final Project 3,000 words (30%); Participation (10%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The range of media channels through which we experience popular music has proliferated in recent years. The emotive power of music is used to tell stories, sell products and connect people to one another. This unit of study will analyse the use of popular music in a broad range of multimedia forms from film and television to video games and the use of digital media to disseminate a multitude of musical multimedia productions.
PHIL2658 Philosophy in Film

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week, 1x film screening/week Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points of Philosophy) or (18 Junior credit points including ENGL1011) Assessment: 1x500wd Tutorial presentation (10%), 1x1500wd Take-home assignment (30%), 1x2500wd Essay (50%) and Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will use the screening and criticism of carefully chosen classical and contemporary films to raise important philosophical questions and to contribute to our response to them. Each film screening will be paired with a key philosophical question that is explored in the film and further investigated in class: problems of freedom, human action, democracy, crime, love, otherness, marriage, conversation, selfhood, and being human. The class will also explore some central questions in the philosophy of film.
RLST2628 Religion and Film

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Summer Main Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points from Studies in Religion) or (18 Junior credit points including ENGL1011) Prohibitions: RLST2028 Assessment: 1x1500wd Take-home exercise (30%), 1x2500wd word Essay (50%), 1x500 wd Tutorial presentation (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit analyses the position of religion in a range of films, such as the presentation of Buddhism in recent Western films (Kundun, Little Buddha, Seven Years in Tibet); the image of Christianity in 'sword and sandal' epics (Ben Hur, Quo Vadis); the role of film in familiarising Western audiences with unfamiliar religious traditions (e.g. ethnographic documentaries); and the depiction of post-modern religious concerns in science fiction (Blade Runner, The Matrix etc).
SPAN2641 Filmmaking in the Latin American Context

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Spanish and Latin American Studies Assessment: 1x1500wd research journal (30%), 1x10 minute Oral Presentation (15%), 1x2500wd Essay (40%), 1xacademic article review (10%), class participation (5%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit, taught in English, will introduce you to Latin American film studies, comprising history, theory and criticism through the exploration of 'national' cinema industries. We will examine the history of film production of Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Brazil, looking at the cultural and socio-political context in which filmmaking should be placed. Apart from tracing the history of film production in such countries, we will be focusing on recent developments in this field from the 1990's to the present day.