Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2012
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