Faculty of Arts

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Communications and Media Studies


Dr Daniel Black


Not offered in 2016


This unit examines animated media from a critical and historical perspective. Students will investigate animation as industry, transnational cultural commodity, fan text and technology, becoming familiar with a variety of critical and theoretical perspectives on the form


By the conclusion of the units students will be able to:

  1. discuss animation as a complex and broad ranging phenomenon that is not restricted to traditional animation forms such as the cartoon, but is also a feature of, for example, advertising, virtual reality, and live action cinema
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of animation and be able to account for the development of the form by reference to social, cultural, political, technological, economic and industrial factors
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the cultural specificities that inform the production, distribution and consumption of different forms of animation
  4. identify the key issues that impact upon animation's creative and technological processes
  5. analyse and explain transnational flows of animated media texts
  6. demonstrate advanced skills in research, writing and critical analysis.


Within semester assessment: 90%
Exam: 10%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.