Course Title: Popular Cinema

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Popular Cinema

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Djoymi Baker

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6210

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 9 Level 4

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will study cinema through an examination of its links with popular culture. You will view a range of forms and genres of popular cinema, which may come from historical, international and contemporary contexts. These will be explored from perspectives such as the economic structures of the classical Hollywood studio system; the influence of globalization and global popular culture on the cinema; or the study of stars, auteurs and their films as cultural, industrial and aesthetic formations.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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.

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

  1. Identify and apply a range of theoretical perspectives on the relationship between cinema and popular culture.
  2. Discuss aspects of the formal, generic and narrative structures of popular cinema.
  3. Analyse relations between popular cinema and political, economic and cultural contexts.
  4. Compare differing historical and cultural conceptions of popular cinema.


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: 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 Equitable Learning Services 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: Assessment

Assessment Task 1: Pop Quiz 20% Individual [Linked CLOs 1,2] 

Assessment Task 2: Video Group Presentation 35% Group [Linked CLOs 2,3]

Assessment Task 3: Research Essay 45% Individual [Linked CLOs 3,4]