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Contemporary Film Theory (SCRN40002)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelHonours
Subject codeSCRN40002
Semester 1
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This subject will examine the development of contemporary film theory from the post-1968 period to the present. Students will be expected to evaluate critically the significance of a number of the following theoretical approaches to an understanding of the cinema. These approaches will be selected from the following: semiotics, post-structuralism, feminist film theory, surrealist theory, psychoanalysis, post-auteurism, postmodernism, postcolonial, queer theory, and recent research in human/animal studies on screen. Students will attend seminars that involve a variety of approaches: close textual analysis, research, thesis writing and the presentations of papers.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete this subject will be able to:

  • have a comprehensive understanding of key film theoretical models of the post-60s;
  • apply various theories to an analysis of the cinema; and
  • critically evaluate the significance of film theory for film interpretation.

Generic skills

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

  • possess advanced skills of critical thinking and analysis;
  • develop research and writing skills;
  • be able to account for the relationship between the film industry and film form;
  • possess an ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly, economically and effectively; and
  • have an understanding of social, ethical and cultural context.

Last updated: 11 November 2018