57229 Story Core: Ethical Production
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Credit points: 8 cp
Result type: Grade and marks
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
In this subject students critically explore key questions concerning identity, industry practices, innovation and storytelling. They consider a series of theoretically-informed and practice-oriented challenges to initiate transformations towards a more ethical, engaging and vibrant screen industry. Students evaluate policy documents, evidence-based research and industry practices and protocols and apply these to on-set experiences and problem-solving scenarios and activities. They develop skills in designing and negotiating responsible media representation and work practices including gender and Indigenous representation, diverse crew environments and environmentally sustainable productions. Students focus on screen and media arts works designed to encourage audiences to engage in social change, and produce a short video or campaign iterations concerning a relevant ethical, sustainability or social justice issue.
Subject learning objectives (SLOs)
|a.||Examine a relevant ethical, sustainability or social justice issue|
|b.||Explore strategies for a more inclusive and diverse contemporary media and creative industry|
|c.||Integrate strategies into innovative and ethical storytelling practices|
|d.||Evaluate issues of identity, culture and bias|
Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)
This subject engages with the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
- Reflect critically on trends in emerging media (1.2)
- Engage ethically with complex problems to deliver future-focused and sustainable solutions (2.1)
- Analyse, develop or produce creative media projects for a range of platforms and experiences (2.3)
- Address social justice issues of equity, diversity and sustainability (5.1)
- Engage audiences and communities for impact and change (5.2)
- Demonstrate high-level abilities and self-awareness as an oral, written and visual communicator (6.2)
Teaching and learning strategies
This subject is delivered in block mode incorporating a range of teaching and learning strategies; including lectures, short presentations, in-class discussions, experiential activities, case study analyses, screenings, collaborative work and project-based learning. These will be complemented by flipped activities, including preparatory work prior to block mode classes using a range of resources provided on the online subject site, and out of class collaborative and project development activities. Additionally, students will be given formative feedback on assessments. Students are expected to regularly check and engage with subject materials on the online subject site in order to effectively manage their learning experience in this subject. Technical workshops including a compulsory lighting safety workshop will also be conducted, and should be factored into student’s time management for the subject.
An aim of this subject is to help you develop academic and professional language and communication skills in order to succeed at university and in the workplace. To determine your current academic language proficiency, you are required to complete a written diagnostic task. If you receive a Basic grade for the written diagnostic task, you must attend additional Language Development Tutorials (dates to be advised) in order to pass the subject. These tutorials are designed to support you to develop your language and communication skills. Students who do not complete the written diagnostic and/or do not attend 80% of the Language Development Tutorials will receive a Fail X grade.
Includes in-class and out of class activities including case studies, guest lectures, interview exercises, scenario activities, concept development, inclusive storytelling, project pitching, screenings and collaborative project development. Students will develop skills to approach issues of identity, culture and bias, and specific topics addressed in this course will include, Gender, Indigeneity, Diversity, Sustainability, On Set Protocols and Screenability. The content covered in this course will equip students with skills to create projects that approach social issues and representation using innovative and future focused screen-based storytelling.
Assessment task 1: Individual Video Essay on identity, culture and bias
a, c and d
3 minutes (maximum).
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Assessment task 2: Ethical Practices Case Study (Parts A and B)
a, b, c and d
Part A: 5 minute individual presentation
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Assessment task 3: Video campaign and reflection - Part A (group) and Part B (individual)
c and d
Campaign materials 5 mins maximum. Individual reflection 1000 words.
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Completed Lighting, camera and sound workshops (Media Arts and Production).
This subject is based on a collaborative approach which involves workshopping and interchange of ideas with other students and the tutor.
It is a requirement of this subject that all students complete a written diagnostic task. Students who do not complete the written diagnostic test will receive a Fail X [grade.
There are no required texts for this subject. Recommended readings will be available via UTS Library and UTS Online.
Callaghan, C & Davies, H. 2017, Gender and austerity in popular culture. Femininity, masculinity and recession in film and television, I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, London.
Corrigan, T. 2011, The essay film : from Montaigne, after Marker, Oxford University Press, New York.
Fitzgerald, J. 2012, Filmmaking for change : make films that transform the world, 2nd edn, Michael Wiese Productions, Studio City.
Friesen, T. 2016, Story, Money, Impact: Funding Media for Social Change, Focal Press, New York.
Janke, T. 2016, Indigenous Cultural Protocols and the Arts, Terri Janke and Company Pty Ltd, Sydney.
Janke, T, & Gray, C. 2009, Pathways & protocols : a filmmaker's guide to working with Indigenous people, culture and concepts, Screen Australia, Sydney.
Hongisto, I. 2015, Soul of the documentary : framing, expression, ethics, Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam.
Murch, W. 2001, In the blink of an eye : a perspective on film editing, 2nd edn, Silman-James Press, Los Angeles.
Pincus, E, & Ascher, S. 2013, The filmmaker's handbook : a comprehensive guide for the digital age, Penguin Putnam Inc, New York.
Quinn, J. 2015, Adventures in the lives of others : ethical dilemmas in factual filmmaking, I.B.Tauris, London.
Rosling, H. 2018, Factfulness : ten reasons we're wrong about the world and why things are better than you think, Flatiron Books, New York.
Sinnerbrink, R. 2016, Cinematic Ethics : exploring ethical experience through film, Routledge, London.
UTS School of Design 2017. Cultural Principles and Protocols Working with Indigenous Communities and Materials, UTS, Sydney.
Winston, B, & Winston, B. 2013, The documentary film book, Palgrave Macmillan on behalf of the British Film Institute, Basingstoke, Hampshire.
Yorke, J. 2014, Into the woods : a five-act journey into story, The Overlook Press, New York.
Zettl, H. 2015, Sight sound motion : applied media aesthetics, 4th edn, Thomson Wadsworth, Belmont.