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Censorship: Film, Art and Media (SCRN40013)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelHonours
Subject codeSCRN40013
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject examines the histories, cultural contexts and current debates surrounding censorship in the visual arts. Censorship practices and protocols will be defined and investigated in relation to issues of morality, legality and the public sphere. The changing definitions and complexities of censorship will be investigated in instances of creative freedom challenging prohibition in film, performing arts, visual art and media cultures. Students will gain a theoretical understanding of the historical and emerging debates surrounding the controversial area of censorship, freedom of speech and expression. Students will also study censorship in national and international contexts with an emphasis on specific case studies. This subject will also examine how artistic practice influences wider cultural, political and legal prohibitions underlying film, the arts and media.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • understand the historical, cultural and theoretical context of film censorship, think creatively about the artistic process, develop skills of communication, communicate their views intelligibly and effectively and demonstrate a comprehension of the dey debates surrounding censorship;
  • understand the historical and cultural context of censorship as well as its purpose and function;
  • appreciate changes and developments in censorship in a range of art forms across history and into the present; and
  • understand the range of approaches to censorship in various cultures.

Generic skills

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

  • be able to demonstrate an advanced development of research skills;
  • be able to define areas of inquiry and create relevant methods of research in the preparation of essays;
  • be able to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through essay writing, tutorial discussion and presentations;
  • be able to demonstrate highly developed skills in presentations;
  • to be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through essay writing and seminar discussion; and
  • be able to participate productively in team work through involvement in syndicate groups and group discussions.

Last updated: 26 July 2019