Credit points: 15

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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRob Conkie

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLecture material will introduce students to key concepts. 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.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsENG1MOV

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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.
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.
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.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRob Conkie

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 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

SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
1 hours per week or equivalent


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Creative Project (1200 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Essay (1200 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Folio (1400 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3