Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2013 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.

print version

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

To find units available for enrolment in the current year, you must make sure you use the indexes and browse unit tool in the current edition of the Handbook.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitFilm and Television Studies
OfferedNot offered in 2013


Previously coded FTM5052


This is primarily a reading unit that will consider aspects of film theory since 1975. A major portion of the unit will be devoted to the debates around modernism and post-modernism as they relate to film studies. Other areas of investigation include: textual analysis, feminist film theory, historical poetics, historical reception studies, queer film theory, and the impact of the cultural studies and Cinema books of Gilles Deleuze. Film texts for exploration will include those from Australian, American, European and Asian cinemas


By the completion of the unit students will be expected to:

  1. Identify and summarise a number of critical positions in contemporary film theory
  2. Critically assess the limitations of these positions so as to begin to establish new domains of inquiry
  3. Identify and defend their own critical positions within the field of film studies
  4. Relate these positions to the examination of films and film related material
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of research methodologies and the requirements of research papers.


Written work: 80% (7500 words)
Participation and paper (1500 words): 20%

Chief examiner(s)


Contact hours

4 hours (one 2-hour seminar and one 2-hour screening) per week


Two units at 2nd year level in Film and Television Studies, or other approved discipline