• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Screen Studies
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, History, Visual Arts, Literature, Film

What is 'real', anyway? This course explores theoretical frameworks and practical issues concerning realism, reality, post- truth, and the interplay between fiction and non-fiction through cinema, television, social media and streaming platforms. It examines approaches to different realist styles and codes in relation to media such as such as digital documentary, direct cinema, social media-mediated autobiography and reality formats from a variety of national and transnational contexts.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. identify and compare a range of realist styles and codes in relation to different media such as streaming platforms, television, cinema and social media;
  2. evaluate and critically analyse theoretical frameworks and debates concerning the relationship between fiction and non-fiction, realism, and reality;
  3. apply screen studies methodologies in order to analyse different examples of visual and textual productions across national and transnational contexts; and
  4. communicate an understanding of research methods in written and oral forms.

Indicative Assessment

Progressive group project: 40% (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4)
Individual Reflection on group project: 10% (LOs 1,2,3,4)
Research Essay (this can be either a written or a visual essay): 50% (LOs 1, 2, 3,4)

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130 hours of total student learning time consisting of:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of progressive group project work and 24 hours of instructor-led seminars (all classes will include problem-based discussions and will be interactive); and
b) 94 hours of independent student research including scheduled screenings of films studied in the course.

Prescribed Texts

All texts will be available on Wattle and films will be available through the ANU Library.




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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. 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
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
4291 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View

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