Faculty of Arts


Action Films

Please note: this is archived course information from 2020 for MEDIA 221.


"Action Films" explores the formal qualities of action genre and its interaction with historical, cultural, economic and media contexts. While the course focuses on action aesthetics, such as narrative devices, blending of visual and aural spectacle, and the relation between “conventions” and “inventions”, it also addresses issues of identity and examines how identity is articulated through looking at the discourses of gender, youth, nation, ethnicity and geopolitics.

Each week we focus on studying one film in class. Two reading articles are provided to help you come to a better understanding of the film and the context in which it was produced.

It is your responsibility to complete the required viewing and readings before attending the lecture and tutorial. You are also strongly encouraged to read and view beyond what the course outline frames. There is no central text book for the course; all the required reading materials are available on Talis. The General Library has an excellent collection of books/periodicals and strong holdings of relevant DVDs and videos.

Course Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will have the opportunity to:

  • Have a better understanding of the conceptual and theoretical framework of the action genre
  • Be more alert to the aesthetic elements that form the language of action films
  • Be more aware of the multi-generic nature of contemporary action films
  • Be more capable of evaluating, applying and presenting information
  • Enhance ability to structure, shape and synthesise information


Coursework only

Availability 2020

Not taught in 2020




MEDIA 221: 15.0 points


15 points from COMMS 100, 104, FTVMS 100, 101, 110, MEDIA 101 and 45 points in BA courses


FTVMS 221, FTVMS 315, MEDIA 315

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