Courses & Units

Reading the Screen HEN215

Hobart, Launceston



This intermediate elective in English aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to develop theoretically informed arguments in response to screen texts and genres. Students will explore key approaches and methodologies for analysing films and/or television series, develop an appreciation of the history of storytelling on screen, and enhance their ability to read screen texts contextually. The assessment tasks in this unit focus on: key concepts and techniques for close textual analysis in screen studies; effective oral presentation in an academic context; and writing research essays.


Unit name Reading the Screen
Unit code HEN215
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline English

Dr Eliza Murphy

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyse selected films demonstrating knowledge of a. Their form and style b. Relevant cultural and historical contexts.
  2. Construct arguments supported by a. Evidence from your chosen texts b. Engagement with secondary sources.
  3. Communicate your ideas in the form of a. A shot-by-shot analysis b. An oral presentation c. A research essay


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
100701 $1,812.00 $850.00 not applicable $1,812.50

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty


Teaching Pattern

Five contact hours fortnightly (13 weeks)


Task 1: Shot-by-shot Analysis (25%)

Task 2: Oral Presentation (25%)

Task 3: Research Essay (50%)

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