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FILM3001: Cinematic Time

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.


Academic unit Film Studies
Unit code FILM3001
Unit name Cinematic Time
Session, year
Semester 1, 2023
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

12 credits at 2000 level in Film Studies or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Art History
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Richard Smith,
Lecturer(s) Richard Anthony Smith ,
Tutor(s) Amelia Saunders ,
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: 06 Apr 2023 at 23:59
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO5
Assignment hurdle task Research Essay
research essay.
60% Week 13
Due date: 26 May 2023 at 23:59
2500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

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

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

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Mid-semester break No Tutorials due to Public Holiday and Mid-Semester break commencement on April 6th. Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 01 Introduction. Everything Everywhere All at Once. (2022). Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert. Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 02 A History of Cinematic Time? Lecture (1 hr)  
A History of Cinematic Time? Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 03 Play (Times) Narrative = Cinema Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Doug Liman. Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Ludic Time Tutorial (2 hr) LO4 LO5
Week 04 Embodied Times. 1917. Sam Mendes. (2019). Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Embodied Time. Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Week 05 Disembodied Times. Train to Busan. (2016). Yeon Sang-ho Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5
Living Death: Zombies 1. Tutorial (2 hr) LO4 LO5
Week 06 The Control of Time: Action. Inception (2010) Christopher Nolan. Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Action cinema. Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 07 NO SCREENING NO READING Lecture (1 hr) LO4 LO5
Week 08 Too Late, Too Soon: Melodrama. In the Mood for Love. (2000). Wong Kar-wai. Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Melodramatic time in cinema. Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 09 Melancholy/ Nostalgia Flowers of Shanghai. (1998) Hou Hsiao-Hsien. Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Melancholy/ Nostalgia Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 10 Hyperthymesia Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959). Jean Resnais Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Hyperthymesia Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 11 Epic Time Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. (2010) David Yates. Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Epic Time Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 12 The Intimate Mode. Rosetta (1999) Jean-Luc and Pierre Dardenne. Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Intimacy, proximity, reality. Tutorial (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 13 Conclusion. Dunkirk (2017) Christopher Nolan. Lecture (1 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Conclusions: contemporary experience of cinematic time. Tutorial (2 hr) LO3 LO4

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 the work of different filmmakers
  • LO2. advanced descriptive and critical writing skills
  • LO3. ability to turn complex aesthetic experience towards conceptual thought
  • LO4. an understanding of cinematic temporalities, and the cultural and conceptual underpinnings of our experience of time
  • 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
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, and with tutors who have taught small group classes and gauge student responses to screenings and learning activities.

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


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