• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Film Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Giacinto Moliterno
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course is intended as an introduction to the history and aesthetics of film and new media, as well as a primer in the analysis of both. Building on an acquired understanding of the elements of film technique, students will address questions of narrative, sound, spectatorship, and a consideration of film as social and cultural document. A 3 week component of the course will contextualize developments in film within the current stage of the digital revolution.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  1. Exercise a high degree of skill in analysing film and new media texts;
  2. Evaluate them as social and cultural documents;
  3. Critically discuss a film and its context in an oral presentation;
  4. Present ideas on film history and theory in a clear written format.

Indicative Assessment

1 x 500 word exercise in close analysis, due in week 5 (15 %) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]

1 x 10-15 minute oral presentation in class on weekly reading/film (10%) [Learning Outcome 3]

1 x 1,800 word essay, due post-semester break (35%) [Learning Outcome 4]

End of semester (final) exam, comprising of a written close analysis of 3 film sequencesc (40%) [Learning Outcome 1, 2]

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Two 1-hour lectures, one 1-hour tutorial, and a 2- hour film screening per week. In addition students will be required to spend a further 5 hours per week reviewing films and preparing tutorial responses.

Prescribed Texts

David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, Film Art: An Introduction - Tenth Edition (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2012)

Assumed Knowledge

No assumption of having done a prior film or media course beyond an assumption of general film literacy.



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

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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
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2137 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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