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COM2408 - Screen Theories and Techniques

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Simon Cooper


Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Singapore Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


An introduction to the study of film and television/video as mediums of fictional and documentary narrative. Major developments in the history of cinema. Films will be analysed formally in terms of narrative, editing, mise en scene, shots, lighting and sound, and stylistically in terms of genre and authorship. Different theoretical approaches to screen studies including aestheticism, discourse analysis and semiotics.


Students successfully completing this unit will have demonstrated ability to;
1. Analyse and evaluate screen representations, on film and television, in terms of: stylistic elements (mise-en-scene, shots, editing, lighting and sound); narrative form; 2. Aspects of screen theory: genre, authorship; 3. Gender, psychoanalysis; historical and social contexts of production and reception; 4. They will also have an understanding of a range of critical and theoretical approaches to screen studies and their place in the wider field of cultural studies.


Essay (2500 words): 50%
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week


COM1010 and COM1020 or equivalents


COM3408, GSC2408, GSC3408