• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Film Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course is intended as an introduction to the theory and
historical evolution of film genres. A crucial aspect of film
studies, and an indispensable tool in the proper appreciation
of especially American/Hollywood cinema, a knowledge of film genres will also enrich an understanding of international cinema more generally, as well as of some of the determinants of emerging forms of the new
media. Genres studied in the course include the
Western, the Road Movie, the Musical, the Horror Film,
Comedy, Science Fiction and Film Noir.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On successfully completing this course students will have gained the ability to:
  1. Identify and relate the distinctive markers and stylistic characteristics of the major film genres
  2. Appraise the social, cultural and political significance
  3. of particular generic forms
  4. Investigate the appearance of genres in both national
  5. and international cinemas
  6. Carry out close analysis of cinematic texts

Other Information

For students contemplating a Film Studies major, we strongly recommend taking FILM1002 ahead of this course.

Indicative Assessment

One 2,000 word critical essay (45%); learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4

One oral tutorial presentation (10%); learning outcomes 1, 2.

One 2-hour end-of-semester exam, (45%); learning outcomes 1, 2

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Two 1-hour lectures, one 1 hour-tutorial and a 2-hour
film screening and an additional 5 hours private study per week.

Prescribed Texts

Barry Langford, Film Genre: Hollywood and Beyond (Edinburgh University Press, 2005)

Assumed Knowledge

Students will be assumed to have a basic knowledge of textual and film analysis, gained in FILM1002 or equivalent.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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