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MFCO210 Theory of Film and Media

Key theories that inform film and media studies and the discourses that have defined the disciplines.

A historical survey of theoretical approaches to the moving image from 19th century pre-cinematic technologies through the 20th Century rise of cinema and the post-WWII introduction of television.

The paper will focus primarily on analyses of the viewing experience in its historical and socio-cultural contexts, including the industrial revolution, mass culture and modernism/postmodernism.

Paper title Theory of Film and Media
Paper code MFCO210
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
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Prerequisite
18 100-level MFCO points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
A familiarity with film and media history and a working understanding of the language of film and media analysis.
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Kevin Fisher
Paper Structure
Topics include:
  • Theorising the pre-history of cinema
  • Psychology and psychoanalysis of film experience
  • Cinema and mass culture
  • Formalism vs realism
  • Spectatorship
  • Ideology
Assessment:
  • Concept test: 30%
  • Critical essay: 40%
  • Final exam: 30%
Textbooks
Course readings on Blackboard
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, critical thinking, cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will:
  • Demonstrate understanding of major approaches to film and media theory
  • Show knowledge of the historical development of film and media theory
  • Be able to apply theoretical approaches to the critical analysis of film and media texts

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Film Screening

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 16:00-18:50 28-34, 36-41

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 15:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 30-34, 36-40
A2 Thursday 12:00-12:50 30-34, 36-40
A3 Thursday 13:00-13:50 30-34, 36-40