COMM585 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 candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions COMM385 or COMM485

offered in odd-numbered years

Combined Units COMM385 - 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 Assessment 1 20% 1000 (equivalent)
Assessment Notes

Oral online presentation.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 5

Compulsory Assessment 2 20% 1000
Assessment Notes

Research proposal.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Assessment 3 60% 4000
Assessment Notes

Research essay

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate advanced and in-depth knowledge of a range of significant works and developments in the Australian screen industry;
  2. interpret, apply and evaluate 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 advanced skills of analysis and research to investigate questions of screen media representation, production and reception;
  4. apply advanced writing skills to develop and present coherent arguments and critical analyses of Australian screen texts in their media and cultural contexts; and
  5. demonstrate an understanding of screen and media culture in Australia that equips them to apply skills and disciplinary knowledge in further learning or professional practice, and to present ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences.