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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

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

2. Develop an understanding of the language and terminology of film studies.

3. Demonstrate understanding of basic cinematic techniques.

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

5. Provide detailed analysis of an issue as represented through cinema.

6. Discuss the role of film in developing cultural understanding.


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: Final 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