Action Films


"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.

Course outcomes

Students who have successfully completed the course are expected to

  • Be better informed about the evolution of action film as one of the most successful creations of world cinema
  • 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 using databases to support independent research on set topics
  • Enhance ability to apply research to develop a distinctive critical voice


Coursework Only

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for MEDIA 315

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2023

Semester 1


Lecturer(s) Dr Xuelin Zhou


MEDIA 315: 15 points


30 points at Stage II in Media and Screen Studies


FTVMS 221, MEDIA 221, FTVMS 315