SCREEN + SOUND 3

MSS3SSC

2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

MSS3SSC Screen +Sound 3 is a capstone subject in which students explore ways of knowing and thinking about the world through screen and sound media. Students will evaluate the power of concepts such as frame, window, door, mirror and brain to explain the spectator's relation to real and imaginary worlds on screen and critically investigate the material ecologies of film production and consumption. Through viewing and listening exercises, students will investigate how moving image sand soundscapes 'think' and make us think and explore some of the ways in which they will be able to contribute to future sustainable artistic practice that isinformed by an ecological sensibility. Students will develop projects from a range of topics, such as: virtual reality and avatars; mind-game and puzzle films; CGI and 3-D worlds; distractedviewers and attentive listeners, the ecopolitics of Hollywood and its alternatives, representations of landscape and national identity and ecological utopias and dystopias. This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential.

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 15 credit points of first-year and 30 credit points of second-year level subjects from Media: screen + sound or Media Studies or Cinema Studies or Coordinators approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects CST3HFT

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsFilm Theory: An Introduction through the SensesRecommendedThomas Elsaesser, Malte Hagener, 2010ROUTLEDGE
ReadingsThe Language of New MediaRecommendedLev Manovich, 2001MIT PRESSM
ReadingsEcocinema: Theory and PracticeRecommendedStephen Rust, 2012TAYLOR & FRANCIS

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Extend capacity to explain key concepts in screen + sound theory

Activities:
Online blog posts that reflect on questions raised by the lectures and set readings
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Expand ability to apply key concepts to a range of screen + sound texts

Activities:
Viewing, listening and applying key concepts to screen and sound texts in tutorials, in online blog posts and in individual and collaborative projects.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Demonstrate ability to evaluate key concepts in the discipline of screen + sound that are informed by an ecological sensibility

Activities:
Writing an essay and reflective blog posts.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Extend advanced, transferable skills in research using search engines, databases, social media and digital devices.

Activities:
Tutorial exercises in reading, research and critical thinking. Developing a project proposal using these skills.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

05. Extend ability to work both collaboratively and individually on media projects.

Activities:
Collaborative research project, group presentation, and evaluation, individual report
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

06. Extend awareness of creative and flexible approaches to sustainable media practices.

Activities:
Reflective blogs. Collaborative research project.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnna Dzenis

Class requirements

Lecture/Film Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture/film per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1,200-word group project40 02, 04, 05, 06
1,000-word online blog25 02, 03, 06
1,600-word essay or Published blog35 01, 02, 03, 04, 06