Available in 2021
Course code



10 units



Course handbook


Introduces students to the various thematic issues presented through film; specifically examining historical, political and cultural studies. The course will provide a basic understanding of various techniques available to filmmakers to create cinematic representations. It will also consider the influence and relevance of film in creating cultural understanding.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Utilise their skills of writing, analysis and critical thinking.

2. Utilise the language and terminology of film studies.

3. Demonstrate understanding of basic cinematic techniques.

4. Analyse and discuss the transmission of meaning through film.

5. Analyse and discuss how social/cultural issues are represented through film.


Topics include:

  1. Historical Films : Realism, Speculative
  2. Political Films : Documentary, Satire
  3. Cultural Films : Understanding, Clashes


Students must be active in the Newstep Program to enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Blog + Discussion

Presentation: Presentation

Essay: Essay

Formal Examination: Take home exam

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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