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Introduction to Screen Studies (SCRN10001)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeSCRN10001
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the study of film language and theory. It is organised around these two separate but related areas. The film language component covers two interrelated topics that are essential for an understanding of the cinema; film aesthetics and film history. The subject begins with the early cinema and progresses through to an analysis of contemporary Hollywood. Key topics of narrative, editing, sound, mise-en-scene, cinematography and the studio system are studied in this historical context. The film theory component of the subject presents a study of the key theories, including: genre theory, auteurism, the classic text, gender, psychoanalysis, entertainment and new media theory, that have informed film aesthetics and the history of the cinema.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should have:

  • an understanding of the important role that film and screen media have performed for over a century and apply critical and analytical skills to examine how screen culture changes as a result of changing social and cultural contexts;
  • an understanding of the fundamental aspects of film form, including key techniques of film style and narration;
  • the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of oral and written formats and utilise research practices specific to Screen Studies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values;
  • a comprehension of key concepts in the history of cinema and the significance of social, national, stylistic and aesthetic movements that inform and explicate that history; and
  • consolidated knowledge of approaches to audio-visual literacy and an understanding of interdisciplinary methodologies that may be applied to evaluate screen media.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:

  • be skilled in critical thinking and analysis;
  • possess effective written communication skills; and
  • have an understanding of social, ethical and cultural context.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

CICU10001 Introduction to Cinema Studies;

107-132 Introduction to Cinema Studies

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



  • A quiz of 1,000 words 20% (done during semester)
  • A research report of 1,000 words 30% (due during the semester)
  • An essay of 2,000 words 40% (due in the examination period)
  • Tutorial attendance (10%)
  • This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% 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 1
    Principal coordinatorWendy Haslem
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTotal 60 hours: a 1.5-hour lecture, a 1-hour tutorial and a 2.5 -hour screening per week.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 10 August 2019