SCREEN CRITICISM

MSS3FCR

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Screen Criticism is a subject about writing, talking about, practicing and publishing screen criticism.   Topics discussed include historical and contemporary issues about screen criticism, critics and their approach to writing, case studies of critcs as
well as case studies of individual films. Great emphasis is placed on writing (and rewriting); students must be prepared to write frequently, to discuss writing in detail, and to analyse and workshop their own essays and those of their colleagues.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnna Dzenis

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Only available as a third year elective subject for ABA major in screen + sound, ABA major in creative arts, ABM/ABMS and ABCA or Coordinators approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects CST2FCR

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsMise en Scene is dead: or the expressive, the excessive, the technical and the stylishPreliminaryMartin, Adrian 1992CONTINUUM
ReadingsThe Wizard of OzPreliminaryRushdie, Salman 1992LONDON: BFI
ReadingsProjections 8: Filmmakers on FilmmakingRecommendedBoorman, John & Walter Donohue 1998LONDON: FABER & FABER

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Write several works of publishable screen criticism on a range of film and television text, experimenting with different approaches.

Activities:
Students will be assigned a series of writing exercises over the semester in which they will be invited to experiement with a range of approaches. These essays will be workshopped by the group.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Carry out research on screen critics and criticism involving sustained independent enquiry.

Activities:
One of the writing exercises will require sustained research on a screen critic. Once submitted these essays will be discussed by small groups and then the large group.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Identify, analyse and evaluate sources, arguments and evidence on a range of screen texts, and screen criticism topics and debates

Activities:
Each writing exercise will require different problem solving approaches. Different strategies will be presented in the seminar through lecture and group discussion.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Workshop essays in small and large group, showing abilities to listen, contribute and lead effectively.

Activities:
Students will workshop each other's essays in groups and provide feedback to the small group and then the larger group.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

05. Ability to collaborate with colleagues to develop presentations on screen texts and communicate these ideas in a public forum.

Activities:
Students will form panels, work collaboratively with other members of the panel, and individual group members will present critical screen criticism to the group in an oral form.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

06. Expand on web development skills, and explore web-based publishing possibilities.

Activities:
Students will create a website to publish select revised essays.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnna Dzenis

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"This subject needs to be in a room that has screening facilities and computer access."

Scheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours scheduled online class every two weeks on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Five 700-word essays (ongoing submissions)30 01, 02, 03
Folio of 4 revised essays30 01, 03, 04
Online Screen Studies blog30 01, 06
Oral panel presentations10 03, 05