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Screen Theories (SCR348)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit introduces students to methodologies for and approaches to screen analysis. It provides a theoretical foundation for students to write critically about screen art and culture. The focus of the unit is on teaching students how to apply such concepts as narrative, genre, authorship, reception and representation to screen texts within a number of theoretical perspectives. By the end of the unit students will be able to interpret screen texts in a systemic scholarly manner.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:
1. work confidently with key concepts of screen theory;
2. analyse critically forms and styles of narration, genre, and authorship;
3. write about screen representations in a systemic academic discourse by engaging with a diversity of ideological and aesthetic issues surrounding screen culture;
4. develop a critical tool kit that draws on a diverse range of approaches to screen art; and
5. distinguish the theoretical assumptions that characterize some major film theories.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; workshops: 1.5 hours per week.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences Students need to attend one hour of lectures to be familiar with the conceptual and theoretical materials of the unit. Students are also to attend a one and a half hour tutorial per week (or equivalent online discussion for external students), which together amount to a total of two and a half hours per week. In addition, as part of their self-directed learning tasks, students are expected to spend an additional 8 hours per week on watching films, on comprehending and consolidating the weekly required readings, writing notes for their tutorial participation each week, and preparing for and completing the assessment tasks.
Assessment The unit assessment consists of three components aimed at measuring the students' comprehension of screen theory and its application to the critical analysis of screen texts. Tutorial exercises (30%), including an oral presentation, will reflect student performance throughout the unit. One essay on screen analysis (35%) assesses the students' ability to apply their theoretical grasp to an in-depth screen text analysis. The third component is a closed-book multiple choice questions test (35%) at the end of the semester, assessing the students' grasp of concepts, methods and theories covered throughout the unit.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MCC248/ MCC2481 Screen Texts may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2014: 'Screen Texts'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Screen Production (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
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.


Unit Coordinator
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
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
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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