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ARHT6930: Film Theory: Art, Industry, Culture

Semester 2, 2022 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

The relation of film to industrial modernity is an ongoing issue for film theorists. With the advent of digital image processes and production the relation of art and industry has re-emerged with a new set of problems. How do we conceptualise the new forms? What theoretical and aesthetic language(s) do we draw on? And how best to rethink film in the face of rapid technological, formal and cultural change? These issues will be investigated via an examination of the history of film theory's attempts to formulate concepts adequate to the age of industrial modernity.

Unit details and rules

Unit code ARHT6930
Academic unit Film Studies
Credit points 6
Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator Keith Broadfoot, keith.broadfoot@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Film Analysis
n/a
50% Week 08
Due date: 23 Sep 2022 at 23:59
3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Assignment Essay
n/a
50% Week 13
Due date: 13 Nov 2022 at 23:59
3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO1 LO2

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas. 

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction Lecture (1 hr)  
Introduction Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 02 Styles of Editing Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Styles of Editing Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 03 Deep focus and the long take Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Deep focus and the long take Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 04 Screen as Window Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Screen as Window Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 05 Point of View Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Point of View Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 06 Sound Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Sound Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 07 Music Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Music Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 08 Contact and Touch Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Contact and Touch Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 09 Digital Futures Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Digital Futures Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 10 Immersive Cinema Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Immersive Cinema Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 11 Post-continuity Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Post-continuity Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 12 Television and the digital Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Television and the digital Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 13 Review Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Review Tutorial (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: according to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.
  • Lecture Recording: most lectures (in recording-equipped venues) will be recorded and may be made available to students on the LMS. However, you should not rely on lecture recording to substitute your classroom learning experience.
  • Preparation: students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. critically analyse a range of film texts and demonstrate a historical knowledge of modern cinema
  • LO2. analyse and assess critical and theoretical debates, particularly in relation to understanding the film viewing experience
  • LO3. demonstrate skills in verbal communication and presentation.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

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