The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2018

Course handbook


FMCS4020 is the research methods component of the Honours program and is studied in conjunction with FMCS4010, FMCS4030 and FMCS4040 which together comprise the full Media and Cultural 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. FMCS4020 builds on undergraduate study by providing an opportunity to investigate the research methods and supporting theories and concepts that can be used to explore individual and social experience of media and culture, both past and present, at an advanced level or in areas not covered previously.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Discuss the features of a range of research methods for film, media and cultural studies;

2. Conceptualize a substantive piece of research

3. Design a research project using appropriate research methods;

4. Link theory and method in articulating a project methodology;

5. Write and defend a research proposal.


The course topics may include:

  • Paradigms of research in film, media and cultural studies.
  • Analysing texts.
  • Analysing audiences and media users.
  • Analysing institutions and industries.
  • Designing a research project.
  • Writing a research proposal.

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

Presentation: Reflective Journal, Research Proposal for Thesis and Oral Presentation

Contact hours



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