ATS3969 - Film and television studies in the digital era - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Film and Screen Studies


Associate Professor Deane Williams

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit will provide an opportunity for students to critically reflect on the key critical approaches and concepts in film and television studies with a focus on new technologies and digital cultures. It will look at the theoretical and critical issues arising from changes to the field in the digital era as they apply to a wide range of new screen medias. Its research project approach will provide students with advanced training in research skills and methodologies in preparation for Honours and employment in creative industries.


  1. Identify and evaluate film and television theory and scholarly debates in relation to contemporary and historical film and television examples and methods [literature review]
  2. Understand and apply advanced intermediate library and archival research skills [Literature review, Group research project proposal]
  3. Critically reflect on and synthesise film and television theoretical approaches and communicate this in written, oral and audio-visual form [Group research essay and presentations]
  4. Actively designing collaborative modes of problem solving in a group project task [Research project design and group work]
  5. Understand and apply a range of theoretical approaches to contemporary and historical narrative and non-narrative forms of film and television such as psychoanalysis, queer theory, transnationalism and intermediality to a wide range of digital and internet television medias in both scholarly and practical assignments. [Research project]
  6. Interpret and analyse forms of film and television critical and theoretical practices in the context of digital cultures. [research project]
  7. Undertake academically rigorous research, demonstrating skills in research project planning, design and writing, and production. [Research proposal, reflective journal and group work]


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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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.