Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Oliva Khoo


Previously coded FTV2040


This unit enables students to critically evaluate notions of nationalism in Australian Film and Television. Initially, the course will explore traditional theoretical constructions of nationalism before considering the contemporary reconfiguring of nationalism. This reconfiguring will be performed in relation to discourses such as policy arrangements in relation to political machinations, auteur constructions, traditions of landscape cinema, race relations, multiculturalism, beach culture, the social, globalism, marketing, distribution, gender and criticism. The unit will employ feature, documentary and short film and television examples as well as contemporary and archival audio-visual texts.


On successful completion of this unit, students will have:

  1. Critically examined a range of film and television texts as representations of Australian national experience;
  2. Developed an understanding of the Australian film and television industries in relation to theories of globalization;
  3. Analysed the impact of government policy and further economic and political constraints on the national film and television industries;
  4. Skills in the textual analysis of texts in relation to contemporary reformulations of nationalism;
  5. An ability to critically engage with written and visual texts in a clear and confident manner in both written and oral presentation.


Written assignments: 75%
In-class visual test: 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2 hour seminar and one 2 hour screening per week

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


One gateway unit in Film and Screen Studies, or Indigenous, Cultures and Histories, or by permission