Course Title: Film Genre

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Film Genre

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Djoymi Baker

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6210

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 009.04.036

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will investigate concepts and theories of genre in relation to historical and contemporary film texts. Locating screen genres within industry, texts and audiences, you will explore how these structures shape and affect the production of meaning in film and culture.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

This is an Option course, which will complement the learning outcomes you are developing in your program.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and analyse formal qualities of specific film genres in screen texts.
  2. Critically examine the historical, industrial and cultural contexts of film genres.
  3. Synthesise formal and contextual analysis of film genres.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as lectures, tutorials, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery of this course 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. 

Task 1: Formal analysis assignment (25%) (CLO 1) Individual.

Task 2: Research Assignment (35%) (CLO 2) Individual and Group.

Task 3: Major Assignment (40%) (CLO 3) Individual.

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.