Screen Studies: Movies, Television, and Ourselves

MDA10003 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester

Contact hours

  • 48

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2022 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

7 Nov 22 - 5 Feb 23

28 Feb 23

Last self enrolment:
20 Nov 22

2 Dec 22

Last withdraw without fail:
23 Dec 22

Aims and objectives

This unit introduces students to the major concepts and key debates in screen studies and provide students with the critical tools necessary to analyse a screen text. Students will develop an understanding of the histories and structures of screen industries with a particular emphasis on cinema and television. This unit will also facilitate greater student awareness of the relationship between screen texts, genre and society.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Critically analyse screen texts
2. Relate specific film and television texts, as well as wider genres, to broader social contexts
3. Identify the relationship between screen theory and practice
4. Discuss screen texts informed by a developed knowledge of theory, history and style.