Perspectives on Film, Media and Culture


This course examines film, media and culture within the context of the culture industries. Culture industries are a key driver for economic growth in Australia and internationally. This course will review and extend students' understandings of: the culture and creative industries historically and in the contemporary period; the shifting relationship between culture and economic value; the complex debates regarding the place of the global culture industries in neo-liberal governance; as well as engaging in cutting edge analyses of culture itself and the application of appropriate methods of research in the area, drawing on a range of perspectives. The course offers students a transition from the study of film media and culture, to a career involving the cultural and creative industries through work integrated learning. Students may select from two options: a workplace training placement within the cultural and creative industries or the completion of an independent research project about an element of the cultural and creative industries. Both options will result in students gaining further training for their life beyond an undergraduate degree, as well as gaining skills in a diverse range of areas including project management, research, communication, presentation, and critical thinking. FMCS3000 contextualises these learning experiences within Film, Media and Cultural Studies through a series of seminars, workshops and direct one to one training and consultations.



  • Semester 2 - 2016
  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Discuss, in depth, the relationship between the media and the culture in which it operates.

2. Analyse the media or cultural industries, and devise creative solutions to problems.

3. Research culture industries, demonstrating skills in locating and evaluating information, synthesising and drawing conclusions, and communicating the results across a range of forms.

4. Respond to complex, competing issues with a professional disposition, intercultural awareness and an ethical stance.


While the learning activities in a particular semester will take account of student interests and staff expertise, course topics may include:

  1. Careers in the culture industries
  2. Project management
  3. Research design
  4. Theoretical frameworks for the analysis of the culture industries
  5. Methodological approaches to the study of the culture industries
  6. Case studies of historical and contemporary culture and creative industries
  7. Workplace learning experiences (placement)
  8. Field trips and/or study tours to observe professional, industry, or creative settings.

Assumed Knowledge

FMCS1000 and FMCS2000

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Proposal and documents

Written Assignment: Placement report / Research project

Journal: Progress journal

Contact Hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 80 hour(s) per Term

Self-directed learning - workplace training 40 hrs per wk for 2 wks or Self-directed learning - research training 10 hrs per wk for 8 wks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks