ENGL 1105 - Film Studies

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

Film Studies provides an introduction to the analysis of narrative films. The course explores a range of aspects of film, including origins, techniques, industry, genre, narrative, and audience. The course examines examples from various film industries, including Australia, America (Hollywood) and other international cinemas, from the 1920s to the 2010s.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENGL 1105
    Course Film Studies
    Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Description Film Studies provides an introduction to the analysis of narrative films. The course explores a range of aspects of film, including origins, techniques, industry, genre, narrative, and audience. The course examines examples from various film industries, including Australia, America (Hollywood) and other international cinemas, from the 1920s to the 2010s.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Philip Butterss

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Recognise and explain key terms, concepts, and issues in film studies

    2. Analyse a range of significant films in relation to key questions in film studies

    3. Demonstrate an awareness of the relationships between historical context and the production and interpretation of film

    4. Undertake independent research and textual analysis in the field of film studies

    5. Prepare coherently and logically argued written material based on effective use of evidence

    6. Collaborate effectively with peers in discussing film
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 4, 5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4, 5, 6
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4, 5, 6
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5, 6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4, 5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2, 3, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    To be announced.
    Recommended Resources
    To be announced.
    Online Learning
    This course will use MyUni and other resources to be announced.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Learning and teaching modes may include lectures, tutorials, and online activities.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students will commit the equivalent of 156 hours per semester to study in this course.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Provisional. Learning activities may include lectures, face-to-face tutorials, online activies, instructor-directed and student-directed research and assessment-for-learning tasks.
  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Provisional. Assessment may include written assignments, class presentations, essay(s), leading face-to-face discussion, participation in group work, and exam.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment related requirements are set out in the Discipline of English and Creative Writing Handbook. 
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment details are to be announced.
    Instructions about assessment submission will be given as part of the information about each particular assessment task. Policies on deadlines and lateness are in the Discipline of English and Creative Writing Handbook.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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