Screen and Cultural Studies

Overview

The Screen and Cultural Studies program is recognised nationally and internationally for its innovative teaching, scholarship and research; in 2012, Cultural Studies at Melbourne was awarded the highest rating of 5 in the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) national report.

Screen and Cultural Studies is a combined program and students can specialise in either area. It offers studies across a range of screen media, analysing their histories, evolution and embedding in everyday life. It encourages students to explore a variety of cultural texts, sites and practices from a range of interpretive angles, including lifestyle and consumer studies,  subcultural studies, and critical studies of sexuality, race and cultural globalization.

The program is taught by staff who are prominent researchers in their areas of expertise, including:

  • Hollywood and global entertainment (theme parks, and transmedia)
  • Asian media (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore)
  • Migration and media globalization
  • Critical television studies
  • Digital media, online and gaming media
  • Lifestyle and commodity cultures
  • Gender, sexuality, feminist theory and psychoanalysis
  • Film genres including avant-garde and documentary
  • Colonialism and Postcolonialism
  • Cultural policy
  • Film and media histories (Art, European, Australian)
  • Human-Animal ethics and animal studies

The program has strong connections to the Research Unit in Public Cultures and the Human Rights and Animal Ethics Research Network