COMM582 Hollywood Cinema

Updated: 08 April 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2020
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions COMM382

offered in odd-numbered years

Combined Units COMM382 - 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.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. identify elements of Hollywood classical style and critically analyse their narrative, stylistic and ideological effects;
  2. critically analyse key developments in Hollywood cinema and their historical significance for film style, industry and culture;
  3. demonstrate an in-depth understanding of key approaches to the study of Hollywood cinema, including the classical style as an analytical and historical term in film studies;
  4. undertake independent research on Hollywood in terms of its production, texts, receptions and cultures; and
  5. communicate research and analysis outcomes clearly and coherently, using disciplinary conventions of scholarly writing and presentation.