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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
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Benjamin McKay


Previously coded FTV2120


This unit employs textual criticism, critical theory, historical analysis and political economy in evaluating both the historical legacy and contemporary practice of Malaysian cinema. The unit looks at popular cinema, genre, independent cinema, art cinema, documentaries and spectatorship. While the unit looks at the history of film culture in Malaysia it does so from a thematic rather than linear approach. Topics considered include gender, ethnicity, religion and the nation state as represented in Malaysian films. An assessment of what makes Malaysian cinema unique as well as what has been influenced and shaped by other cinematic cultures will inform most tutorial discussions.


  1. Awareness of the historical and cultural contexts which have shaped film industry and culture in Malaysia
  2. Application of critical theory to specific film analysis and critical engagement
  3. An understanding of a thematically centered historical evaluation of film culture in Malaysia
  4. Awareness of where Malaysian cinema culture can be situated within global film culture
  5. A critical and practical exposure to contemporary film theory and to how that theory is appropriate (or otherwise) to an understanding of Malaysian film culture
  6. To foster and encourage critical thinking.


Essay (2500 words): 50%
Critical review (1000 words): 25%
Class presentation (15 minutes): 15%
Class participation: 10%

Contact hours

One 2-hour screening; one 1-hour lecture; one 1-hour tutorial

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

Film and television studies
Asian studies


ATS1304 and ATS1305