Film, Censorship & The Media

Subject 107-414 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Arts (Cinema Management).
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Barbara Creed
Subject Overview:

This subject examines the history of film and media censorship, its relationship to morality and the public sphere. Students will gain a theoretical understanding of the key debates surrounding the controversial area of censorship. They will also study censorship in national contexts with emphasis on America, Australia and the Pacific. This subject will explore the changing moral standards that affect film and media censorship and why some historical periods are more repressive than others. It will also cover the importance of the public sphere in censorship debates and the way in which these debates have changed in relation to questions of pornography, new media and the Internet.

Assessment: A case study and presentation of 1500 words 25% (commencing at the beginning of the semester and due at the end of the semester), and a 3500 word research essay 75% (due at the end of semester).Assessment submitted late without an approved formal extension will be penalised at 2% per day. Students who fail to submit up to 2-weeks after the final due date without a formal extension and/or special consideration will receive a fail grade for the piece of assessment.
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:A subject reader will be available.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to demonstrate further development of their research skills;

  • be able to think and argue critically and to express their ideas in written communication;

  • be able to demonstrate developed skills in oral presentation.

Related Course(s): Master of Arts (Global Journalism)
Master of Arts (Global Media Communication)
Master of Cinema Management
Master of Global Media Communication
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Gender Studies)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Gender Studies)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Media and Communication)

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