ATS2538 - Film and television institutions - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Film and Screen Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Constantine Verevis


Associate Professor Constantine Verevis

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.


FTV2240, FTV3240


Film and television institutions considers a number of institutionalised and unofficial public and industrial discourses that support contemporary film and television texts and industries. These include industry publicity and marketing; advertising and commercial tie-ins; media coverage of stars and directors; film and television censorship and studio self-regulation; motion picture palaces and suburban multiplexes; film and television reviewing and academic criticism; the impact of television and wide-screen technologies in the fifties; the impact of home video and cable television in the seventies and eighties; and new media technologies in the nineties and beyond.


On the successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Recognise that meaning is not simply an intra-textual property of a particular text but an effect of historically specific extra-textual, material technologies or institutions;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of historically specific material technologies of production, distribution, exhibition and reception, in relation to a range of contemporary and historical film and television examples;
  3. Develop a methodology for investigating the material - social, historical and political - difference of specific national film and television texts and industries.


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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