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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Studio-era Hollywood and classic Hollywood film;
    • Post-studio era Hollywood, post-classical, and contemporary Hollywood film
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Glossary
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials

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 degrees.
  5. by reading key works of scholarship, improve your knowledge of Hollywood history and your understanding of the discipline of film and media studies.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay 1 (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay 2 (60%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

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

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

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 subject 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 subject, 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 subject 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.

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