French Cinema and Society

Subject 116-432 (2009)

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

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar and a screening session per week
Total Time Commitment: Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honours in French.
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:


Dr Jacqueline Dutton and Dr Andrew McGregor

Subject Overview: This subject aims to provide students with an overview of the various relationships between French society and its cinematic production. The evolution of French cinema will be analysed from historical, social, political, economic and aesthetic perspectives. Students who complete this subject should be able to demonstrate a general understanding of French cinema in its social context as well as develop an in-depth knowledge of a particular aspect of the relationship between French cinema and society.
  • demonstrate a good knowledge of the films and periods under study;
  • analyse the films in their socio-intellectual context;
  • develop an awareness of the role of cinema in reflecting and producing cultural identity.
Assessment: A 1000-word film analysis 25% (due before mid semester), a 1000-word class paper 25% (due during the semester), and a 3000-word research essay50% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: Materials supplied by the department
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • Communicating knowledge intelligibly and economically: through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations;
  • Written communication: through essay and assignment preparation and writing;
  • Public speaking and confidence in self-expression: through tutorial participation and class presentations;
  • Attention to detail: through close reading and textual analysis, essay preparation and writing, and examination revision;
  • Time management and planning: through managing and organizing workloads for required and recommended reading, essay and assignment completion.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: French

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