Screen Affect: Culture, Bodies, Emotion

Subject 107-458 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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: Contact Hours: A 2-hour film screening and a 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 4 contact hours/week, 6 additional hours/week. Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Admission to the postgraduate certificate, diploma or fourth year honours in cinema studies, art history, cultural studies or gender studies.
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.

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Dr Felicity Justine Colman


Felicity Colman

Subject Overview: This subject will explore visual representations of culture: aesthetic, affective, and political to explore the various levels of affect. Affect is a core concept in interpretive visual methodologies, involving the analysis of bodies within contextual frameworks. Through screen cultures, the subject will explore how affective outcomes in visual culture effects the interpretation of an array of issues, including: traditions of cultural knowledge, memory, temporal layering, spatial histories, gendered performative behaviour, ritual practices, narrative techniques, methodologies of spectatorship, auditory appreciation, social responsibilities, political actions. Topics covered will relate to contemporary aspects of screen culture and screen mediums of the 20th - 21st century. Students will develop an appreciation of the methods by which contemporary visual techniques intensify and enhance our perceptual faculties.
  • have a firm and articulate comprehension of essential critical humanities theories of the twentieth century (including modernism, existentialism, phenomenology, semiotics, structuralism, post-structuralism) and their relationship to the viewer/participant of multiple forms of screen culture and technologies (including the mobile screen, computer screen, the cinematic screen, concert screen and projections);
  • have a core grounding for any further study in fields of postmodern and contemporary visual culture.
Assessment: A team case study and presentation of 2500 words 30% (commencing at the beginning of semester and due at the end of semester) and a 2500 word research essay 70% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts:
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • have critical skills in analysing visual and theoretical material at honours year level;
  • have considered the methods of interpreting social, political, cultural, and aesthetic implications of screen cultures;
  • possess an ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly, economically and effectively.
Related Course(s): Master of Cinema Management
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Cinema Studies
Cinema Studies
Cinema Studies
Cultural Studies
Cultural Studies
Cultural Studies
Gender Studies
Gender Studies
Gender Studies

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