SCREEN CULTURE: LANDSCAPE, CHARACTER, IDENTITY

MSS3SCI

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will research characters and landscapes that have produced an imaginary 'Australia' on screen, and explore the issue of how identity and belonging are being re-imagined by writers, filmmakers, artists and activists. Groups will be formed in Week One to research and present audio-visual material on the issues of identity and environment that matter most to them. The class will revisit ideas of 'national character' and 'the Australian Way of Life', and students will discuss global changes in gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class and race. Students will reflect on the shift from British and European concepts of identity to multicultural and Indigenous perspectives on Australia. Participation by students in creative workshops and group projects is a feature of this subject. Small group presentations will lead to a class project using the creative skills and interests of the class in an installation/exhibition with audio, visual, performance, writing and material objects.



SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorFelicity Collins

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 in Screen Arts. Students in the department of English and Creative Arts and GSDS without these prerequisites can seek permission from the coordinator to take the subject.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Develop the ability to express complex ideas in a public forum

Activities:
Assessment tasks 2 & 3
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Demonstrate effective learning communication in writing, speech and screen media

Activities:
Assessment tasks 1 & 2
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Develop the ability to perform critical analysis and synthesis

Activities:
Assessment task 1
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Develop time management skills

Activities:
All assessment tasks
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Develop small and large group teamwork skills

Activities:
Assessment 2 & 3
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFelicity Collins

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Avoid clashes with 3rd year BA screen studies subjects and 3rd Year BCA subjects"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Assessment Task 2: Small group Presentation (1200 words equivalent)Small group audio-visual presentation and Q&A on landscape-identity topic selected in Week 1.30 02, 03, 04, 05
Assessment Task 3: Large Group Creative Project (1600 words Essay equivalent)Students will work in groups of 2-3 to contribute one element to an group exhibition on landscape and identity: elements may include a trailer, a soundscape, a text for performance, a photo-essay, a soundscape, audience participation components, material installations such as dioramas.40 01, 02, 04, 05
Assessement Task 1: Critical Review Essay (1200 words)Select one article or book chapter from the subject reading list and summarise the main claims and evidence to support those claims, and then apply the key claim to one scene from a film listed for this subject.30 02, 03