COM327 Literature and Film (8)

This subject focuses on a number of literary works and their film adaptations. It explores the relationships between the written word and the visual image, some of the strategic decisions that film-makers must make in adapting a written form for the screen, and some of the strengths and weaknesses of each medium. It places the works in their historical and social contexts, contrasts the production of meaning in books and films, and critically explores the ideological implications of narrative form and focus in each medium.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: COM327. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed FLM307.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the compositional and stylistic elements of film;
  • be able to identify the relationship between the written word and visual and sonic image;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the collaborative nature of film production;
  • be able to analyse literary and film texts;
  • be able to demonstrate a sense of how meaning is produced in both modes;
  • be able to explore the ideological implications of narrative form in each medium.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- literary and film techniques and their terminology the process of adaptation - how to analyse a film - the production of meaning in written text and film the relationship between narrative form and ideology.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of COM327 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
First assignment
Second assignment
Forum discussion

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.