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

    This paper provides an overview of theoretical approaches to the study of moving images and visual cultures. The paper interrogates theories of/through images and the politics of visibility, invisibility, and hypervisibility. Topics covered in the paper include: third cinema, media spectacles, video-activism.

    About this paper

    Paper title Theory of Film and Media
    Subject Media, Film and Communication
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    18 100-level MFCO points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Teaching staff

    Convener and lecturer: Dr Sabrina Moro

    Paper Structure

    The paper is structured into modules that deal with the key concepts.


    • Lecture and tutorial contribution 10%
    • Critical Responses 40%
    • Portfolio 50%

    Course readings will be available 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.


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system

    Film Screening

    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 16:00-18:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 11:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 29-35, 37-42
    A2 Thursday 10:00-10:50 29-35, 37-42
    A3 Thursday 11:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
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