Course Title: Australian Cinema

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Australian Cinema

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

COMM1033

City Campus

Undergraduate

335H Applied Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009

COMM1033

City Campus

Undergraduate

345H Media and Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Stephen Gaunson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9553

Course Coordinator Email: stephen.gaunson@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

In this course you will examine Australian cinema through the close reading of films in relation to questions of “national cinemas” and identities. You will explore issues such as neglected periods of Australian film (such as the 1950s and 1960s), and the reconfiguring of identity in ’recent’ Australian cinema (Indigenous, feminist, multicultural and queer). A number of concerns are explored, in particular concepts of ’national cinema’, Australian cinema history, and the Australian film Industry. There is also a focus on broader questions of film culture, and under­analysed aspects of Australian cinema.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Interrogate theoretical, historical and critical debates within Australian Cinema and broader cultural theory.
  • Identify and examine various forms of Australian cinema.
  • Investigate and report on neglected areas or aspects of Australian cinema.
  • Critically discuss the concept of ‘national cinema’ in the context of Australia’s relation to world cinema and ‘global Hollywood’.


In this course you will develop the following program learning outcome:

  • Identify, evaluate and critically analyse cultural, historical and theoretical practices which contextualise your professional practice and further study.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities which may include project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.
 


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include written and oral reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment