Course Title: Movie Milestones

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Movie Milestones

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010

Course Coordinator: Alex Syndikas

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3805

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will explore the history of Cinema concentrating on the key film milestones that have contributed to the world body of cinema. It will provide you with an overview of key periods in film history as well as key directors who have made a unique contribution to film-making

In the course you will explore major historical and political implications for film as well as a range of different genres from Hollywood to Europe. You will also investigate introductions to cinema language and criticism of the qualities of the films.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify a range of film genres and their key characteristics.
  • Analyze the contributions made by key directors to the development of cinema.
  • Discuss and analyze films in relation to their historical and political implications.
  • Compare and contrast films in terms of their film language.
  • Determine the impact of past films on present day cinema.

Overview of Learning Activities

There are several ways in which you will learn in this course:

  • Films screened and viewed as a group or individually.
  • Tutorials led by you, centred on the film watched that week.
  • Group discussions centred on the week’s screenings
  • Oral presentations on themes relating to the films screened.

Overview of Learning Resources


A detailed reference list for suggested readings will be supplied by the lecturer at the beginning of the course and online.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment requirements for this course are:

  • Peer-led critique and reflection 30%
  • Oral presentation 30%
  • Written essay comparing two films screened 40%