Screen and Cultural Studies embraces a range of theories, methodologies and areas formerly taught by Cinema Studies and Cultural Studies. The combined program covers the fields of film and popular media; screen histories; Australian, Hollywood, Art House and Asian cinemas; everyday life; television and entertainment; ethnographic and documentary cinema; computer games; the internet and representation of global cultures. Theories include film and screen aesthetics; identity and gender; sexuality and spectatorship; narrative structures and class ideologies. Students encounter a variety of screen media, net-based and popular cultures in order to consider their histories, significance and theories that help make sense of how they relate to power, commerce and lived culture today. Through innovative teaching, students in Screen and Cultural Studies encounter new ways of interpreting and analysing contemporary screen media and culture. Academic staff in the discipline are specialists in screen cultures and media histories; entertainment cultures; gender and sexuality; postcolonialism; European and Asian cinemas; cultural policy; and media archaeology.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who complete a specialisation in Screen and Cultural Studies should:
- develop broad critical knowledge about the domains of screen and cultural studies;
- acquire competency in key concepts developed in the disciplines of screen and cultural studies;
- develop the confidence to produce conceptually and empirically informed accounts of screen and contemporary culture; and
- develop analytical and creative skills in relation to screen and cultural studies.