- Code SCRN2003
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Screen Studies
- Areas of interest American Studies, Cultural Studies, Film
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
The course aims to provide a survey of American cinema in all its major aspects. It begins with an analysis of the rise of Hollywood as an industrial and cultural institution and the establishment, development and more recent transformations of its classical narrative and visual style. The second half of the course looks at more independent American filmmaking and its relations with the Hollywood "machine". The course then also briefly attempts to explore the relation between American and European cinema, looking at both differences and interaction between them.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- distinguish the major features of Hollywood cinema;
- appraise the differences between Hollywood cinema and independent American filmaking;
- discuss the relation between American and European cinemas; and
- critically reflect on cinematic style.
Indicative AssessmentEssay, 2000 words (30%) Learning outcomes 1-4
Close analysis, 750 words (20%) Learning outcomes 1, 4
In-class presentation, 15 mins (20%) Learning outcomes 1, 3, 4
End-of-semester collaborative research project (30%) Learning outcomes 1-4
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsMaltby, Richard, Hollywood Cinema, Blackwell, Oxford, 2003. Other readings will be listed on the course Wattle site.
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