ATS2529 - Australian film and television: Local and global - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Film and Screen Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Deane Williams


Associate Professor Deane Williams

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed at least one second-year level unit in Film and screen studies.




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.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. examine a range of film and television texts as representations of Australian national experience;
  2. explain the place of the Australian film and television industries in relation to theories of globalization;
  3. analyse the impact of government policy and further economic and political constraints on the national film and television industries;
  4. analyse texts in relation to contemporary reformulations of nationalism;
  5. critically engage with written and visual 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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