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Contemporary Film and Cultural Theory (CICU30012)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeCICU30012
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject introduces students to some of the major theoretical traditions in the field and considers these with a contemporary and future focus. Emphasis on historical, textual, ethnographic, institutional and other theories will be grounded in examinations of various contemporary screen examples and cultural case studies. This combination of theoretical traditions and contemporary approaches will allow students to apply their knowledge and skills to a range of diverse, real world projects. By apprehending diverse theoretical frameworks, students will be given opportunities to explore some of the significant challenges of the cultures we inhabit. This subject will also allow students to consider a range of ways of extending their degrees into research and professional pathways.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the subject, students should have:

  • an understanding of the basic approaches of the major theoretical traditions in Cinema and Cultural Studies as they relate to Australian film;
  • developed the analytical skills and methodological confidence to produce small-scale studies of contemporary cinema and cultural practices;
  • an appreciation of the analytical scope and theoretical importance of the study of contemporary cinema and culture; and
  • a familiarity with the development and history of global Australian cinema.

Eligibility and requirements


Completion of 37.5 points of level two subjects in cinema and/or cultural studies and enrolment in the Bachelor of Arts or Graduate Diploma in Arts is required. Bachelor of Arts students should endeavour to take the capstone subject in their final semester of study after completion of 25 points of 3rd year. This capstone subject is compulsory for students completing a major in Cinema, Cultural Studies, Cinema and Cultural Studies or Screen and Cultural Studies.



Non-allowed subjects

106-368 Contemporary Film and Cultural Theory

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • A project proposal (1000 words), 30%, presented in tutorials throughout the semester and due in written form in week 6.
  • Peer review responses (2 x 250 words each), 10%, due in week 8.
  • A final project of 2,500 words (60%), due in the examination period
  • Hurdle:This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 75% attendance and regular participation in tutorials. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorDjoymi Baker
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTotal 54 hours: comprising of a 1.5-hour lecture, a 1-hour tutorial and a 2-hour screening per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

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Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

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  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 28 August 2019