Cultural Studies I

Course code CULT4010Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

CULT4010 must be studied in conjunction with CULT4020, CULT4030, CULT4040 which together comprise the full Film, Media and Cultural Studies program. For purposes of enrolment, timetabling and program flexibility, CULT4010 may be identified as the compulsory core course - Critical perspectives: Film, Media and Cultural Studies. Film, Media and Cultural Studies is the culmination of undergraduate teaching in the discipline of Film, Media and Cultural Studies. It provides for students who have distinguished themselves in this area at 1000-3000 level and wish to explore advanced approaches in the context of detailed studies. As such, it forms an introduction to the world of international scholarship and research. The Honours program is also intended to develop and strengthen writing and research skills, challenge students intellectually and round off undergraduate studies with higher-level independent studies which will be useful in many fields of endeavour. The principal teaching style will be through seminar studies and thesis supervision.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesAs demonstrated by successful completion of coursework and a minor thesis, students undertaking Film, Media and Cultural studies honours should: acquire the scholarly skills and self-confidence necessary to conceptualise, research and compose a substantive piece of research; gain contextualised understanding of advanced approaches to film, media and cultural studies; develop an appreciation of the complex philosophies and ideologies which inform current practice in these disciplines; develop research and reflective skills relevant to advanced study in the humanities; and develop written and oral communications skills appropriate for a professional scholarly environment.
ContentFilm, Media and Cultural studies honours consists of three principal elements. The first is Critical Perspectives in Film, Media and Cultural studies (CULT4010); a compulsory unit of 7 fortnightly seminars which introduce students to major debates and schools of thought. The second element is one semester-long 'Research Methodologies' course (CULT4020) into two 7-week topics, comprising a literature review and research proposal. Thirdly, students are required to undertake the research and composition of a minor thesis (CULT4030 and CULT4040) demonstrating the ability to analyse and reflect upon a range of source material relating to a discrete area and construct a coherent scholarly argument.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeAt least a credit average performance in film or cultural studies courses as a major sequence for the BA or BSocSci. Students must have qualified for admission to the BA or equivalent degree.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsIndividual Supervision
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo essays totaling 6000 words
Other: (please specify)CULT4010 must be studied in conjunction with CULT4020, CULT4030, CULT4040, which together comprise the full honours program. The core course CULT4010 Critical perspectives in Film, Media and Cultural studies comprises 25% of the full program.
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the BA (Hons)and BSocSci (Hons).