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Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is about using your creativity to generate new ideas, understand and solve complex problems and thrive in a fast-changing world.

Subject outline

This subject takes an interdisciplinary approach to the adaptation of stories between the literary arts, theatre, cinema and virtual media. How do stories change when they move from stage to screen, from book page to web page, from live performance to YouTube? Is the book always better than the film? How do stories move us? Students will analyse ways in which storytellers use existing stories: to challenge, re-brand, or re-examine texts from a different point of view. The subject will evaluate the dynamic and contested relationships between the source text and its adaptations. Students will have practical opportunities to create their own adaptations and discover new ways of thinking about and creating stories across different media.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRob Conkie

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

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Incompatible subjects ENG1MOV

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is a first-year core in the Theatre and Screen majors in the BCA, and in the Creative and Professional Writing major in the BA.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop capabilities to analyse and put into practices what happens when stories are adapted between literary, cinematic, dramatic and other modes of expression taking into consideration various historical, political, cultural and artistic contexts.

Seminars will offer students the opportunities to mobilise and develop their understanding of the materials in discussion with peers and teachers
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills(Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)

02. Develop critical skills of expression, problem-solving and communication in both written and oral contexts as students evaluate the relationships between source texts and adaptations, experience the process of adaptation by engaging in it, forge partnerships for workshopping projects, and collaborate in creating original adaptations.

Students will be informed about the requirements of academic essay-writing, and be given the opportunities to discuss this in class with teachers. Assessment of written work will include advice for improvement of writing skills.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills(Writing)

03. Demonstrate an understanding of key theoretical concepts of adaptation and the artistic, practical, historical, economic and political factors that drive adaptations and draw on these to synthesise ideas in written and oral responses and put into action a final creative project that shows project management including identifying a target audience, responding to group feedback and workshops, reflecting on and promoting the work to others in a group, resolving conflicts that may arise, prioritising action and managing associated risks.

Lecture material will introduce students to key concepts
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills(Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRob Conkie

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"1 hours per week or equivalent"

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"2 hour per week or equivalent"


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Creative Project (1200 words)3003, 02, 01
Essay (1200 words)3503, 02, 01
Folio (1400 words)3502, 01, 03