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Film and Philosophy (PHL221)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Description In this unit, we will investigate how our understanding of moving-image media changed in the age of digitisation. Philosophy teaches the critical and analytical skills important for the study of media, adding to our practical understanding of the frameworks that shape our societies. Crucially, 'moving images' and philosophy raise important questions about the human condition. Through critical analysis of films, theory, and their history, students will learn to question concepts and develop ways of understanding present-day society.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
1) Identify key texts in philosophy of film; film theory and the emerging literature on big data and algorithms in relation to moving-images
2) Critically evaluate moving-images and their broad 'transformation' in the age of digitisation from various disciplinary perspectives
3) Demonstrate the importance of history of ideas and their relevance to moving-images' research
4) Respond to feedback to improve the quality of written work
5) Produce well-structured essays.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week; film screening: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences To learn effectively in this unit, you need to read the Unit Information and Learning Guide (the UI) carefully, come to each tutorial prepared (that is, read required articles and appropriate sections of the UI), dedicate an appropriate amount of time to the research for your tutorial presentation, to the writing of your two essays and to the final exam.
Assessment Internal students: five (5) components for the assessment:
Two essays: 20% and 30%, respectively
Exam: 25%
Tutorial presentation: 15%
Tutorial participation in the unit: 10%.
External students: four (4) components for the assessment:
Two essays: 20% and 30%, respectively
Two lecture analysis summaries: 10% each
Exam: 30%.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PHL214 Film and Philosophy may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Philosophy (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors Philosophy
Appears in these Minors Philosophy
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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Associate Professor Lubica Ucnik
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