ACF104 - Screening History

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Victoria Duckett
Cohort rule:Nil

ACM120, ALC106



Incompatible with:

ACM120, ALC106

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture per week, 1 x 2-hour guided study - screening per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture per week, 1 x 2-hours guided study - screening per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week equivalent


This course introduces students to the history of screen culture. It highlights the interests that today shape the ways we interpret and understand our shared cinematic past. Topics explored include early cinema, film genres, feminist film, queer cinema, experimental film and transmedia. We use seminal films to explore these topics.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Describe the development of cinema through its historical movements and milestones.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Analyse different historical films and film movements

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Interpret the different styles and movements from screen history using different audio-visual formats

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO5: Problem solving


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
due week
Assessment 1: A presentation task 1600 words
or equivalent
40% Information not yet available
Assessment 2: Mixed media 800 words
or equivalent
20% Week 7
Assessment 3: Final essay 1600 words
or equivalent
40% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACF104
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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