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FILM3001: Cinematic Time

Semester 2, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

Time is one of the most exciting and perplexing concepts in Film Studies. How does the cinema create time and what effect does it have on our own sense of time? Can we sense times other than our own? This unit explores cinematic time in a global context. A survey of key films and reflection on the experience of cinema will serve as focal points for thinking time cinematically.

Unit details and rules

Unit code FILM3001
Academic unit Art History
Credit points 6
12 credits at 2000 level in the Film Studies major or 12 credit points at 2000 level in the Art History major
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Richard Smith,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment hurdle task Analysis of Cinematic Temporality
written analysis and interpretation of select types of films
40% Week 07
Due date: 24 Sep 2021 at 23:59
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO5
Assignment hurdle task Research Essay
research essay.
60% Week 13
Due date: 10 Nov 2021 at 23:59
2500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
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Assessment summary

The assessment in this unit is designed to test the comprehension, analytic and conceoptual skills of 3000 level students.

It requires considerable coincentration when viewing combined with active thinking while enveloped in the sensory e xperience of specific films.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100

Distinction 75-85

Credit 65-75

Pass 50-65

Fail below 50

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.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

2 points per calendar day

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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

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction. Lecture (1 hr)  
Week 02 A History of Cinematic Time? Lecture (1 hr)  
A History of Cinematic Time? Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 03 Embodied Time. Lecture (1 hr)  
Embodied Time Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 04 Dead Time: Zombies 1. Lecture (1 hr)  
Dead Time: Zombies 1 Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 05 Living Death: Zombies 2 Lecture (1 hr)  
Living Death: Zombies 2. Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 06 Suspended Time: American Gangsters Lecture (1 hr)  
Suspended Time: American Gangsters. Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 07 Deferred Time: French Gangsters Lecture (1 hr)  
Deffered Time: French Gangsters. Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 08 Memory/ Amnesia. Lecture (1 hr)  
Memory/ Amnesia Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 09 Melancholy/ Nostalgia Lecture (1 hr)  
Melancholy/ Nostalgia Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 10 Hyperthymesia Lecture (1 hr)  
Hyperthymesia Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 11 Epic Time Lecture (1 hr)  
Epic Time Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 12 The Outside Lecture (1 hr)  
The Outside Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 13 Conclusion Lecture (1 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance at lectures and tutorials is a requirement of the unit.

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.

Required readings

Prescribed readings are available via the eReadings list in CANVAS.

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. an ability to recognise and analyse different modes of cinematic temporality
  • LO2. advanced descriptive and critical writing skills
  • LO3. ability to turn complex aesthetic experience towards conceptual thought
  • LO4. an understanding of cinematic cinematic temporalities and theory cultural and conceptual underpinnings
  • LO5. broader appreciation of cinematic culture

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

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Adjustments to the structure of course content and to the mode of delivery have been made in response to student feedback, which included face to face interviews with students who had just completed the unit.

All films are available in DVD from Fisher and many are also available from Schaeffer library.  Films are also available from a range of streaming and pay per view services.   


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