Australian Screen

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Australian Screen

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Australian Culture, Film Studies, Radio/Television/Film

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Enrolment Note: Australian Screen is a third year course therefore it is presumed students have completed introductory courses in film, media and screen studies prior to enrolment.

    Timetabling Note: This course is structured as a blended learning program of lecture-workshops, screenings, readings and independent online content coverage and discussion.

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description:
    'Australian Screen' addresses the wide-ranging output of screen production in Australia with particular emphasis on the varied approaches to studying Australian film as a national cinema. The course situates the history of the Australian screen industry within local as well as transnational and international contexts and it does this through a blended learning program of lecture-workshops, screenings, readings and discussions.

    Course Introduction
    This course provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the varied approaches to, and history of, Australian screen production and culture in an international context. It examines the role of industry structures and technologies which promote and sustain the Australian screen industry and the impact of digital technology and media convergence. It explores the concept of genre, aesthetics and style and examines the nature of contemporary Australian screen in historical, cultural, institutional and textual terms.

    Particular emphasis falls on the matter of just how Australian feature films fit into a larger international context, on how the organisation of the national film industry leaves a specific imprint on the filmic output and how narrative and genre operate to produce specific filmic meanings. The course considers a variety of theoretical traditions of inquiry into a national cinema. In this way, students will not only obtain a thorough insight into the particular subject of Australian film but will also learn to discriminate and navigate particular methodologies for the understanding of national cinemas in general.

    Course Aims
    This course provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the varied approaches to, and history of, Australian screen production and culture in a national and international context. It examines the role of industry structures and technologies which promote and sustain the Australian screen industry and the impact of digital technology and media convergence. It explores the concept of genre, aesthetics and style and examines the nature of contemporary Australian screen in historical, cultural, institutional and textual terms.

    Particular emphasis falls on the matter of just how Australian feature films fit into a larger international context, on how the organisation of the national film industry leaves a specific imprint on the filmic output and how narrative and genre operate to produce specific filmic meanings. The course considers a variety of theoretical traditions of inquiry into national cinema. In this way, students will not only obtain a thorough insight into the particular subject of Australian film but will also learn to discriminate and navigate particular methodologies for the understanding of national cinemas in general.

    The course is designed to assist students in developing practical research and critical reflection skills and to provide students with the opportunity to undertake research in a chosen area of specialization within the Australian Screen course context.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1. Understand the historical context of Australia's screen industry and the key concepts and debates raised in the course case studies and topic areas;
    2. Understand the key theoretical and methodological approaches used to explore the Australian Screen industry and it's films;
    3. Appreciate critical links between research about Australian film and the use of that research in making decisions about funding applications, policy and content;
    4. Further develop skills in analysis of products and practices of the media and cultural sphere, not only at the level of particular films and genres but also in terms of written theoretical formulations, historical arguments and policy recommendations.
    5. Locate and research relevant material and use this material to inform class discussions, written work and assessable items;
    6. Exercise informed critical judgement when analysing textual attributes, cultural reception and socio-historical context;
    7. Acknowledge and debate Australian screen output within the context of national and international production and critical reception;
    8. Apply knowledge articulately and communicate effectively when speaking in class and when contributing to online discussion;
    9. Research and write according to academic and professional conventions.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.