12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Not offered in 2017
This unit examines some concepts in the history of film theory by considering a number of theoretical and critical writings in relation to a range of films. Topics for examination include early silent film theory, the notion of the historical avant-garde in the form of French impressionism, the film theories of Kracauer and Bazin, French new wave criticism, the neglected tradition of realist phenomenology in film theory, 1968 and the leftist turn and the question of film language and structuralism.
By the completion of the subject students will be expected to:
- identify and summarise a number of critical positions in historical film theory
- critically assess the limitations of these positions so as to begin to establish new domains of inquiry
- identify and defend their own critical positions with the field of film studies
- relate these positions to the examination of films and film related material
- demonstrate an understanding of research methodologies and the requirements of research papers.
Within semester assessment: 100%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 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
Two units at 2nd year level in Film and Television Studies, or other approved discipline
APG4279 / APG5279