Global Screen Studies: Beyond Hollywood

MDA30011 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 48 hours face to face + blended+swinburne online

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

8 Jul 24 - 6 Oct 24

29 Oct 24

Last self enrolment:
21 Jul 24

2 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
23 Aug 24


150 credit points

Aims and objectives

This unit goes beyond Hollywood to familiarise students with diverse traditions of international film and television. By using a range of analytic frameworks and carefully curated screenings, the unit allows students to conduct in-depth research into a selected aspect of screen culture. This unit explores the contradictory nature of cinema and television as colonizing weapons, and as tools for social and ecological emancipation. Through industry-standard assessment (curation of a film festival program), students are also able to produce web and mobile-ready content using the Adobe Creative Suite.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge, conceptual understanding and expertise in the field of cinema and screen studies through assessment that includes film festival curation and essay-writing
2. Formulate arguments that draw on and critique the differences between relevant theories and evidence as they pertain to the field of cinema and screen studies from a global perspective
3. Exercise initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in scholarship, alone and in collaboration with others
4. Demonstrate a capacity for critical analysis, creativity and problem-solving in relation to a range of screen texts from around the world.
5. Recognise and reflect on social, cultural, and ethical issues relating to screen and screen industries in local and international contexts.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the audience through the capacity to interpret and communicate ideas, problems and arguments in a range of screen contexts.
7. Demonstrate a critical understanding of and the capacity to apply screen research methodologies to industry-read digital assessment