Critical Perspectives


This course is studied in conjunction with FILM4020, FILM4030, and FILM4040 which together comprise the full Film Studies Honours program. The Honours program 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. FILM4010 builds on undergraduate study by providing an opportunity to investigate the texts, practices, theories and concepts that have shaped the experience of film and cinema, both past and present, at an advanced level or in areas not covered previously.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Use the theoretical tools necessary to critically analyze their roles as the interpreters, consumers, and producers of film and media culture

2. Compare and contrast different approaches to understanding mediated culture

3. Explain and appraise central questions in the field of film, media and cultural studies


Film: Critical Perspectives will challenge accepted theories and critical practices in order to open up new ways of thinking about media and culture. Course topics may include:

  • Theory in perspective
  • The Frankfurt School, Founding Critical Theory
  • Authorship and its Contested Discontents
  • Re-theorizing Television
  • Discourse, Post-colonialism and Whiteness
  • Past present and future of identity theory
  • Perspectives on Gender

And other contemporary topics as appropriate.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) programs.

Assumed Knowledge

At 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.

Assessment Items

Essay: Essays

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term