ENGL2401 Netflicks: Cinema and Long-form Television

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the English and Literary Studies major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Netflix, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play. With the emergence of online viewing platforms and the prevalence of personal devices, the distinctions between traditional broadcast television and cinema screened in theatres have decisively changed. In this unit we look at televisual and cinematic drama. In particular we examine what is being termed a new 'golden age' in television drama that has coincided with the paradigm shift toward online streaming. But we also look at the continuing relevance of cinema, particularly the cinematic language of Hollywood which provides the basic formal structures of television drama.
Students are able to (1) understand the differences and similarities between cinema and television; (2) analyse the basic structures of screen dramas; (3) compose written essays and responses that expose the effects of films and television programs; (4) engage in discussions which demonstrate clear listening, speaking and forensic skills in class environments; and (5) locate film and television studies within the critical framework of English and Cultural Studies.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation; (2) critical exercise; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Tony Hughes-d'Aeth
Unit rules
ENGL2217 Reading Film
Contact hours
3 hours per teaching week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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