Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces the connected areas of film and television studies, examining core components of cinematic and televisual forms. We explore fundamental principles of these historically dominant, ongoing audio-visual media or artforms and influential scholarship devoted to them, taking in theoretical, formal, aesthetic, industrial, cultural, technical, political, and historical perspectives.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Define core historical and contemporary concepts of film and televisual scholarship.

2. Apply these fundamental concepts to analysis of diverse films and television programmes from around the world.

3. Interpret films and television programmes using different theoretical lenses at a foundational level.

4. Exercise foundational level written and research skills.


Topics may include:

  • Cinema and television histories
  • Narrative, genre and ideology
  • Mise en scene and aesthetic style
  • Classical, modernist, and post-classical forms
  • Televisual form and culture
  • Audio-visual realism
  • National and world cinema
  • Global animation
  • Film and television authorship
  • Screen representations of gender, sexuality, and ethnicity
  • Hollywood and political economy
  • The effects of digital technology on film and television


This course has similarities to FILM1010. If you have successfully completed FILM1010 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Journal: Journal entries (1 batch worth 15% per module: total 60%)

Essay: Research Essay (40%)

Contact hours


Film Screening

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


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



Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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