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MFCO318 Indigenous Representation and Cinema(s)

Cinema’s role in colonisation; the representation and stereotyping of minorities, specifically indigenous minorities; and discussion of native/indigenous peoples’ portrayals of themselves.

The paper is run via a participatory structure, focusing on group work, interactive learning and discussion. A student-chosen long paper and a final presentation are included in the assessments. We watch films by Indigenous Australian, Māori, Pacific Islander and Native American directors.

Paper title Indigenous Representation and Cinema(s)
Paper code MFCO318
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
18 200-level MFCO or FIME points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
May not be credited together with FIME 310 passed in 2007 or 2008.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to
  • Understand the historical background to postcolonial and indigenous film studies
  • Know and use film terminology, as well as feeling comfortable with more advanced methodological and theoretical concepts
  • Discuss major trends in indigenous criticism and cinema
  • Analyse films using a variety of these different critical approaches
  • Develop your own ideas about film theory/criticism (and be able to express and defend them) in relation to larger debates
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures, screenings and a library visit

There are no tutorials for this class.
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Davinia Thornley
Textbooks
Essential:
  • Young, Robert J. C.: Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction (2003)
  • MFCO318 Course Reader (available online and from the Library)
Paper Structure
This paper is structured according to three modules:
  • Cinema's role in colonisation
  • The representation and stereotyping of minorities, specifically indigenous minorities
  • Discussion of native/indigenous (4th world) peoples' portrayal of themselves
Assessment:
  • Class participation: 18%
  • Annotated bibliography: 25%
  • Tikanga Rangahau DVD test: 6%
  • Proposal: 6%
  • Critical film review: 30%
  • Critical film review presentation: 15%

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Timetable

First Semester

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

Film Screening

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
F1 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 9-15, 18-22

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-15, 17-22
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-15, 17-22

The media's role in colonisation; the representation and stereotyping of minorities, specifically indigenous minorities; and discussion of native/indigenous peoples' portrayals of themselves.

'Indigenous' is a term constructed through media; this paper explores how we know Indigenous identity and culture through a variety of media, including memes, GIFs, video games, news, films and television shows featuring Indigenous content.

This paper examines how 'Indigeneity' is constructed, negotiated and challenged in a variety of media. The paper looks at the role of media in justifying settler colonization, as well as how Indigenous peoples across the globe have used media to challenge colonialism and racial stereotyping. We discuss the differences in Indigenous- versus non-Indigenous-produced media and the ethical, cultural and political implications of this. Indigenous Media covers a broad definition of Indigenous media content as inclusive of Indigenous Australians and Canadians, Māori, Pacific Islander and Native peoples of the Americas and Europe.

Paper title Indigenous Media
Paper code MFCO318
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
18 200-level MFCO or FIME points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
May not be credited together with FIME 310 passed in 2007 or 2008.
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Dr Holly Randell-Moon
Paper Structure
This paper is structured according to four modules:
  • Media's role in the construction of 'Indigeneity' and 'Indigenous' identity
  • Media and settler colonisation
  • The representation and stereotyping of minorities, specifically indigenous minorities
  • Indigenous-produced media
Assessment:
  • Creative exercise: 20%
  • Class participation: 10%
  • Critical review: 25%
  • Annotated bibliography: 5%
  • Take-home exam: 40%
Teaching Arrangements
One 2-hour lecture per week
One 1-hour tutorial per week
Textbooks
Course reader
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Self-motivation, Communication, Information literacy, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:
  • Understand the historical background to Indigenous- and non-Indigenous-produced media
  • Critically identify racial stereotyping in representations of Indigeneity across a variety of media
  • Discuss major trends in Indigenous-produced media
  • Analyse media using a variety of critical approaches developed by Indigenous scholars and thinkers
  • Develop Indigenous media with an awareness of the ethical, cultural and political implications of media representations of Indigeneity

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Timetable

First Semester

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Thursday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Thursday 14:00-14:50 10-13, 15-22