Course Title: Cinema and Nation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Cinema and Nation

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Adrian Danks

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3841

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 009.04.037

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore the notion of ‘national cinema’ as a social, industrial, critical and political concept. You will examine the role played by nation and national identity in understanding and interpreting specific films, genres, production processes and screen cultures, and explores connections between contemporary cinema and film history. You will also analyse the relation between specific ‘national cinemas’ and the forces of diversification, internationalisation and globalisation. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

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

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

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Explore national cinema/s in relation to their social, cultural, political and industrial contexts
  2. Critically analyse discourses of nation and theoretical debates concerning national cinema/s
  3. Investigate the impact of transnational and international production, distribution and exhibition on national cinema/s
  4. Critically discuss the role of cinema and specific films in the formation, representation, circulation and questioning of national identity. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectures, tutorials, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both. 

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. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

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 Tasks 

There are three assessment tasks.

Task 1: Presentation (25%) (CLO 1 & 2) 

Task 2: Comparative Assignment (35%) (CLO 1, 2 & 4) 

Task 3: Research Task (40%) (CLO 2, 3 & 4) 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.