ATS3531 - Gender and sexuality in film and television - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Film and Screen Studies


Associate Professor Belinda Smaill

Not offered in 2017


Gender and sexuality in film and television surveys different ways in which scholars have understood the relationship between film and television and the viewer. Consideration will be given to contemporary and historical theorisations of film and television viewing such as those pertaining to spectatorship, the public sphere, audience studies and/or the senses. These examples and methods will be analysed in relation to the specific concerns of subjectivity that may include a focus on gender and/or race and/or sexuality. A range of different contemporary and historical screen examples will be discussed and viewed throughout the semester, encompassing film and television from Australian, the USA and other national contexts.


On the successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Be able to demonstrate an understanding the historical development of key theoretical approaches to spectatorship and subjectivity;
  2. Given examples of film and television, be able to identify how the formal and narrative codes of the two mediums correlate with different modes of spectatorship;
  3. Be able to compare and analyse different theoretical approaches to subjectivity and spectatorship with regard to select examples of film and television;
  4. Be able to critically analyse written and filmic texts in a clear and confident manner in both written and oral presentation.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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


Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units. As this is a third-year level unit, it is recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed at least one second-year level unit in Film and screen studies.


FTV2070, FTV3070