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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.

Summary 2021

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



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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




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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