COMM385 Australian Screens

Updated: 12 November 2018
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 12cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions COMM485 or COMM585

offered in odd-numbered years

Combined Units COMM585 - Australian Screens
Coordinator(s) Fincina Hopgood (
Unit Description

This unit combines the study of the contemporary Australian screen industry with the history of Australian film and television. Screen production in Australia today encompasses multiple platforms, reflecting a shift away from 'the national' towards screen products that cater to niche audiences and reflect the diversity of Australia. This unit explores issues of representation (gender, race, class, disability) and the role of industry policy in shaping what we see on our screens. With a curriculum that is both historically informed and industrially aware, students completing this unit will acquire knowledge and skills applicable to a range of media industries and screen production contexts.

Referenced Material


Note: Reference material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

A Short Guide to Writing About Film

ISBN: 9781292078113
Corrigan, T., Pearson 9th ed. 2014

Note: Online edition available through Dixson Library. Course materials will be available on the unit's Moodle site.

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Written Assessment 1 40% 1500
Assessment Notes

Case Study

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3

Compulsory Written Assessment 2 60% 2500
Assessment Notes

Research Essay

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate knowledge of a range of significant works and developments in the Australian screen industry;
  2. apply key methods of screen media analysis and of national, international and transnational media study, to investigate Australian screen texts in their cultural, industrial and policy contexts;
  3. apply analysis and research skills to investigate questions of screen media representation, production and reception; and
  4. apply advanced writing skills to develop and present coherent arguments and critical analyses of Australian screen texts in their media and cultural contexts.