COMM382 Hollywood Cinema

Updated: 15 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 12cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions COMM582

offered in odd-numbered years

Combined Units COMM582 - Hollywood Cinema
Coordinator(s) Fincina Hopgood (
Unit Description

Long associated with glamour, fantasy, and scandal, Hollywood's reputation is to a large degree related to its primary industry, filmmaking. This unit approaches Hollywood cinema as industry, style, and global vernacular. It considers the historical development of the film industry in the United States, its early and on-going forms of international influence, and Hollywood's more contemporary transformations. The unit introduces students to key conceptual terms and historical formations, including the Hollywood classical style, the studio system, the star system, the Production Code, and the blockbuster.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Hollywood Cinema

ISBN: 9780631216155
Maltby, R., Blackwell Publishing 2nd ed. 2003

Note: Additional unit materials will be available on the Moodle site.

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1: Scene annotation 10% 500 equivalent
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1

Compulsory Assessment 2: Close reading 30% 1500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Compulsory Assessment 3: Essay 60% 2500
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. identify elements of Hollywood classical style and analyse their narrative, stylistic and ideological effects;
  2. describe key developments in Hollywood cinema and their historical significance for film style, industry and culture;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of key approaches to the study of Hollywood cinema; and
  4. communicate coherently critical analyses of Hollywood cinema in terms of its production, texts, receptions and cultures.