COMM587 Screen Adaptations: Rewiring the Text

Updated: 21 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2020
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions COMM387

offered in odd-numbered years

Combined Units COMM387 - Screen Adaptations: Rewiring the Text
Coordinator(s) Yvonne Griggs (
Unit Description

Screen adaptations form a vital part of the cinematic and televisual landscape. This unit explores the creative and industrial processes at work in the adaptation of a wide variety of texts to screen by examining their transformation from one medium, genre or cultural/production context to another. It considers how such processes shape the narrative for the new audience. It asks the question, "What is involved in the successful adaptation of a story destined for visual consumption?", and engages students in the practice of textual transformation as well as the analysis of existing adaptations.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate advanced knowledge of a diverse range of cinematic and televisual texts;
  2. identify and reflect upon a wide range of approaches to the study of screen adaptation and apply sophisticated understanding of processes related to the adaptation of text to screen;
  3. undertake independent, in-depth research and generate sustained evaluation of cinematic/televisual texts;
  4. engage with complex debates related to the study of screen adaptation; and
  5. interpret, communicate and present complex ideas and arguments, using disciplinary conventions of academic writing about media and communications.