ATS3969 - Screen studies in the digital era - 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



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


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.


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.


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

  1. identify and evaluate film and screen theory in relation to scholarly debates regarding contemporary and historical film and screen examples and methods;
  2. apply a range of theoretical approaches such as transnationalism, intermediality, digital aesthetics, media archaeology and realism to a wide range of digital and internet media;
  3. apply advanced library and archival research skills;
  4. critically reflect on and synthesise theoretical approaches to film and screen studies and communicate this in written, oral and audio-visual form;
  5. actively design collaborative modes of problem solving in a group project task;
  6. interpret and analyse forms of critical, cultural, political, and theoretical practices in the context of digital cultures.


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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