Graduate Certificate in Arts (Cinema and Cultural Studies)

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  • Objectives
    * Demonstrate an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values. * Apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification and resolution of problems within complex changing social contexts. * Act as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars, as citizens and in the work force. * Communicate effectively. * Commit to continuous learning. * Be proficient in the use of appropriate modern technologies, such as the computer and other information technology systems, for the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data.
  • Academic title
    Graduate Certificate in Arts (Cinema and Cultural Studies)
  • Course description
    Specialisation Requirements:

    * 50 points elective subjects with no more than 12.5 points at first-year level

    First year subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    106-101  Culture, Media and Everyday Life
    This subject offers an introduction to contemporary cultural studies by focusing on the media and their effects in everyday life. It analyses film, television, new media, advertising and photography; considers their approaches across interacting regi...     Semester 2     12.50

    107-132  Introduction to Cinema Studies
    This subject provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the study of film language and theory. It is organised around these two separate but related areas. The film language component covers two interrelated topics that are essential for ...     Semester 1     12.50

    Second/third year subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    107-078  Italian National Cinemas     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-083  Film Noir: Style and History
    This subject is a close study of film noir texts from Pandora's Box to Lost Highway with emphasis on an evolving noir style. Topics studied will include the silent period; noir and German expressionism; noir horror; classic Hollywood noir of the...     Semester 2     12.50

    107-087  Contemporary Australian Cinema
    Global and national forces have shaped world cinema from its inception in the late nineteenth century. How, then, do we define a national cinema? This subject will examine the various factors that help shape and define the nature of the Australian fi...     Semester 1     12.50

    107-240  World Screen: Aesthetics and Politics     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-246  Surrealism and the Cinema     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-258  Game Studies, Entertainment & Cityscape
    This subject will analyse the dramatic impact that computer games have had in transforming contemporary entertainment media and the urban environment in general. The subject will deal with the historical development of computer gaming from the earlie...     Semester 2     12.50

    107-270  The 1950s: Film, Perfection & Propaganda
    This subject will focus on the decade of the 1950s as a radical turning point in cinematic history. Considering the integral relationship that exists between the film product and society, attention will turn to key historical, economic and technologi...     Semester 1     12.50

    107-307  Love Stories and the Cinema
    This subject is a study of many manifestations of the love story represented in Hollywood, Italian, French, British and Australian cinema. Through detailed close-analysis of a range of films, the subject explores topics such as romantic love, mad lov...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-009  Media Histories
    The subject will explore the intimate connections between media technologies and changing understandings of culture over the last 150 years. Students will be introduced to the histories of major 'old'‚ media technologies, and ex...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-014  Hong Kong Cinema     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-022  City Cultures
    This subject provides an introduction to a variety of ways in which city cultures have defined and articulated postmodern culture. Students will be introduced to contemporary urban narratives of places and spaces through a focus on city cultures, fro...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-057  From Rock to Rave: Cultural Formations     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-226  Lifestyle and Consumer Culture
    What is lifestyle? When and how did the concept develop, and what functions does it serve in consumer culture today? How does it relate to parallel concepts like taste, style and identity? This subject frames lifestyle as the site where consumer cult...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-368  Contemporary Cultural Theory
    This subject introduces students to some of the major theoretical traditions in cultural studies ranging from studies of mass culture to feminist, ethnographic and postcolonial cultural studies. These theoretical traditions will be our resource to be...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-201  Hollywood and Entertainment
    This subject explores developments in the Hollywood film industry from the 1960s to the present. Students should grasp some of the key issues of this period, including the focus on modernist strategies; revisionist approaches; allusionism and the new...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-245  Global Screen Cultures
    This subject introduces students to film and other screen-based media (that may include television, the internet, computer games and mobile media) as objects and commodities of global circulation. It will examine the history of theoretical frameworks...     Semester 1     12.50

    106-246  Television and Popular Culture
    An introduction to the study of popular culture with focus on examples of (post) industrialised modernity (film, popular music, television, comics, advertising, computer games, theme parks and the internet) and the critical and ...     Semester 2     12.50

    106-243  Sex and the Screen
    How do representations of sex in screen media such as film, television and the Internet impact on our experience of our own gendered and sexual identities? How are ideas about love, romance, sex and gender, and social categories like masculinity and ...     Semester 1     12.50

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