SCREEN CRITICISM

MSS3FCR

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students examine how and why criticism is written. Topics discussed include the induction of critical models and the historical development of film criticism; major issues, such as realism, style/content distinctions, and social utility claims; critical strategies; and the proper objectives of criticism. 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.

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

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:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)

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:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)

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:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

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:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

05. Ability to express 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:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Speaking (Speaking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day

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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Six 700-word essays (approximately)100 01, 05, 03, 04