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|
|Subject||Media, Film and Communication|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
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- 18 100-level MFCO points
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- A familiarity with film and media history and a working understanding of the language of film and media analysis.
- 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
- Concept test: 30%
- Critical essay: 40%
- Final exam: 30%
- 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