• Class Number 7591
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Topic 12 unit course
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Gemma King
    • Dr Gemma King
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

This course is for students who have an advanced knowledge of the target language and its associated culture(s), i.e. who have completed a major in the language or possess an equivalent proficiency (B2/C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). It aims to further enhance students' language proficiency by focusing on a special area of interest in the language and/or the societies, cultures and/or contemporary affairs of its speakers. Students will develop their proficiency in, and understanding of, the structures and uses of the language at an appropriate lexical, grammatical and stylistic level. They will develop the capacity to understand and evaluate specialist and technical language use, to carry out research using sources in the language, and to give academic presentations and prepare written work following academic conventions.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate orally and in writing advanced linguistic skills in the target language at the C1 level or higher of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or equivalent;
  2. read, analyse and discuss in the target language complex texts related to their research area;
  3. demonstrate in-depth knowledge of culture and/or contemporary affairs in the target societies or of linguistic topics and an ability to critique them;
  4. deliver analytical and well-structured essays based on their own research in a scholarly manner; and
  5. present in an academic forum an overview of their original research, following academic conventions.

Research-Led Teaching

This course is shaped by the diverse research interests of the lecturer and guest lecturers.

Additional Course Costs


Examination Material or equipment


Required Resources

All readings, films and resources will be made accessible on Wattle.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course introduction + Netflix case studies Lecturer: Gemma
2 Little Senegal (Rachid Bouchareb, 2000, Algeria/France/Germany) Lecturer: Gemma Journal
3 Zanahoria (Enrique Buchichio, 2014, Uruguay/Argentina) Lecturer: Fabricio Tocco Journal
4 Nosferatu : Eine Symphonie des Grauens (F.W. Murnau, 1922, Germany) Lecturer: Gemma Journal + scene analysis + class discussion leadership (weeks 4-12)
5 The Land of the Wandering Souls/La terre des âmes errantes (Rithy Panh, 2000, Cambodia/France) Lecturer: Leslie Barnes Journal + class discussion leadership
6 Burning (Lee Chang Dong, 2018, South Korea/Japan) Lecturer: Gemma Journal + class discussion leadership
7 Wake in Fright (Ted Kotcheff, 1971, Australia) Lecturer: Zach Karpinellison Journal + class discussion leadership
8 CODA (Sian Hader, 2021, US/France/Canada) Lecturer: Gemma Journal + class discussion leadership
9 Da 5 Bloods (Spike Lee, 2020, US) Lecturer: Scarlette Do Journal + class discussion leadership Analysis chapter
10 Chariots of Fire (Hugh Hudson, 1981, UK) Lecturer: Katharina Bonzel Journal + class discussion leadership
11 Matthias et Maxime (Xavier Dolan, 2019, Canada) Lecturer: Loïc Bourdeau Journal + class discussion leadership
12 Mustang (Deniz Gamze Ergüven, 2015, Turkey/France/Germany/Qatar) Lecturer: Gemma Class discussion leadership

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Film journal 10 % 1,2,3,4
Scene analysis 15 % 1,2,3,4
Class discussion leadership 30 % 1,2,3,4
Analysis chapter 35 % 1,2,3,4
Participation 10 % 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


There is no examination for this course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Film journal

Value: 10%

From week 2 to week 11, students will submit brief (approximately 200-word) journal entries reflecting on their interpretation of the week's film and readings. These journal entries will be marked on a pass/fail basis (1 point for every entry submitted before the end of the week in question) and will be used to spark class discussion.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Scene analysis

Value: 15%

In week 4, students will submit an 800-word audiovisual analysis of a scene from one of the films studied in the course so far, incorporating the scene's cinematography and how it represents and/or relates to the course themes. They will report on this analysis in class.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Class discussion leadership

Value: 30%

In the week of their choice, students will provide an oral introduction to the film and readings of the week and lead an analysis of these case studies with the class (30 minutes total).

Assessment Task 4

Value: 35 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Analysis chapter

Value: 35%

Before thesis submission, students will submit a 3000-word analysis chapter from their thesis.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


Value: 10%

Participation spans attendance, pre-class preparation, contribution in class, and homework- criteria will be provided in Week 1. This assessment applies to both the lecture and tutorial.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Gemma King
02 6125 9029

Research Interests

Cinema, contemporary French and Francophone cultures, multilingualism, post/colonial studies, sign language and deafness, museum studies

Dr Gemma King

By Appointment
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Dr Gemma King
02 6125 9029

Research Interests

Dr Gemma King

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