Film Genres

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Film Genres

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies, Radio - Television - Film, Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    30 units of credit at Level 1

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    This course explores some of the major theoretical approaches to the study of film genre through in-depth analysis of particular genres. Through the analysis of specific film genres the course explores key topics in genre studies: ideas of popular(s) and cultural value; the ways that industrial, social, technological, and aesthetic factors shape the development, circulation, and reception of a film genre; and the movement of genres across and between different media.
    Genre "case-studies" vary from year to year and may include: the gangster film, comedy, exploitation and b-grade cinemas, documentary, and the film musical.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.


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