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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Simon Cooper


Previously coded COM2408


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.


Written work: 50%
Exam: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Simon Cooper

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



ATS1277 and ATS1278 or equivalent


ATS3448, COM2408, COM3408, GSC2408, GSC3408