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Screen Texts (MCC2481)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 4
Description This unit addresses the question of how film makes sense from a broad context of historical, political, socio-economic, and cultural perspectives. It provides a theoretical foundation for students to think critically about cinema and to write about screen art in a scholarly manner. The unit consists of two learning blocks: (1) methodological questions of how films are studied; and (2) aesthetic questions of narratology, genre, and authorship, as well as questions of the representation of gender, race and minority groups.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences MCC2481 requires students to attend a one hour lecture and a 1.5 hour tutorial per week. Students are expected to spend an additional eight hours per week on attending to the weekly required film viewings and readings, and preparing for and completing each of the assessment tasks, including weekly tutorial questions, concept test, oral presentation, research essay and final examination
Assessment The assessment is designed to assess student comprehension of screen theory and the application of the theoretical tools to the critical analysis of screen texts. Tutorial participation (10%) is assessed according to the student's engagement with and contribution to the discussion of the readings and lectures. Oral presentation (10%) focuses on the application of the selected concepts to a film analysis. The Concept Test (15%) assesses student comprehension of key concepts. The Research Essay (35%) evaluates student performance in critical engagement with contemporary screen culture. The final examination (30%) requires students to use theoretical knowledge acquired during the unit for writing about cinema as a critical and aesthetic response to political, social and cultural issues.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MED232 Screen Texts may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes This unit is restricted to students enrolled at the Dubai campus.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Yingchi Chu
Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2993
e: Y.Chu@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.059 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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