Hollywood Cinema (Classic Hollywood Cinema) - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (40%) , Essay 2 (60%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

Explore the history of Hollywood film-making from its earliest productions to the contemporary blockbuster. Beginning with a brief look at early cinema (the 1890s to the 1910s), we focus in the first half of the unit on the industrial and technological development of the Hollywood studio system and its production of the classic Hollywood film. During this period (1920s to the 1950s) we see Hollywood develop as a national cinema and the beginnings of its role in global film cultures.

In the second half of the unit, we investigate the industrial, technological and aesthetic transformations of what is sometimes described as 'post-classical' Hollywood (1960s to the present), concluding with a look at the globally-owned and distributed, multimedia industry that is contemporary Hollywood. The unit aims to develop skills in historical research and textual analysis, as well as a better and more critical understanding of Hollywood film, industries, and cultures.

Key learning criteria:

  1. Improve generic skills in critical analysis that are fundamental to continued work in film and media studies
  2. improve discipline-specific knowledge of Hollywood, which is likewise fundamental to continued work in film and media studies
  3. through completion of your assessment items, improve your written communication skills
  4. through analysis of films in their historical, industrial, and cultural contexts, improve discipline-specific skills that will help you succeed in future film and media courses.
  5. by reading key works of scholarship, improve your knowledge of Hollywood history and your understanding of the discipline of film and media studies.
  • Essay 1 (40%)
  • Essay 2 (60%)

Mandatory conditional prerequisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following unit(s) to study prior to this unit:

Please note that your enrolment in this unit is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite unit(s). If you study the prerequisite unit(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this unit, your result for the prerequisite unit(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite unit(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this unit. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite unit(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this unit to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite unit(s).

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

You must complete Level 1 Communication studies before starting this unit.

  • Other special requirement — Access to videos or DVDs or movie downloads

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Studio-era Hollywood and classic Hollywood film;
2Post-studio era Hollywood, post-classical, and contemporary Hollywood film

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Glossary
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

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This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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