ENGL4104 Cinema and Cultural Studies

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in English and Literary Studies [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
In this unit students develop their understanding of key aspects of cinema studies and cultural studies. They are assigned foundational and current writings in the theory and the critical practice of cultural studies and film studies, films and other visual media texts, and other contemporary cultural phenomena. The precise focus of the unit may vary from year to year, depending on the interests of the available staff, in particular the balance between cinema studies and cultural studies. The unit offers specialised studies in some of the most significant and innovative forms and sites of cultural production today, and in the practice and theory of cultural criticism.
Students are able to (1) have a deep understanding of aspects and processes of contemporary cultural or cinematic production; (2) practise rigorous and informed cultural criticism; (3) possess detailed knowledge of the major traditions of film theory and cultural theory and of the history of cultural industries; and (4) have high-level research and analytical skills applicable to new developments in film and culture.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) critical exercise; (2) research essay; and (3) seminar participation and oral presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Tony Hughes-d'Aeth
Unit rules
sufficient units to ensure admission to Honours in English and Cultural Studies
Contact hours
seminars: 1 x 2 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.