Hollywood and Entertainment

Subject SCRN20011 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5-hour lecture, a 1-hour tutorial and a 2.5-hour screening per week
Total Time Commitment:

Total expected time commitment is 170 hours across the semester, including class time.





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

106-201 Hollywood and Entertainment

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Angela Ndalianis


Subject Overview:

This subject explores developments in the Hollywood film industry from the 1960s to the present. Students should grasp some of the key issues of this period, including the focus on modernist strategies, revisionist approaches, allusionism and the new generation of Hollywood film school 'auteurs'. This subject will also look at the interconnection between entertainment industries, and the emergence and significance of 'high concept' as a production and marketing strategy.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the subject students should have:

  • the ability to apply critical and analytical skills to analyses the major industry and economic shifts impacting on the form of the Hollywood film industry in the post-1950s era;
  • demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of the impact that conglomeration had on the emergence of an industry focused on franchise and cross-media synergies;
  • the ability to contextualise and interpret changing narrative and stylistic formations in contemporary Hollywood cinema through an understanding of the social, historical and cultural contexts that produced them;
  • an advanced knowledge of the relationship between contemporary Hollywood and earlier traditions of film history;
  • an understanding of the concepts and methods of analysis specific to Screen Studies, especially as it relates to contemporary Hollywood cinema, while also embracing interdisciplinary approaches that deepen analysis of screen media and the forces that drive them;
  • an ability to communicate effectively in a variety of oral and written formats in a way that reveals a detailed understanding of research practices and principles specific to Screen Studies.


A 1500 word tutorial paper to be submitted as a written paper or multimedia blog 40% (due during the semester), a 2500 word essay to be submitted as a written paper or multimedia blog 50% (due during the examination period), attendance 10%. This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance and regular participation in tutorials. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Readings will be available online via LMS

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • have a clear understanding of major developments driving the Hollywood film industry in the post-1950s era;
  • recognise and be able to analyse the narrative and stylistic traits that Hollywood developed during various stages from the 1960s and beyond;
  • understand the impact that big corporations and a new economy had on the emergence of a Hollywood that came to embrace an all-encompassing "entertainment experience" that include cross-media synergies.

This subject is available to pre-2008 Bachelor of Arts students for credit to 2nd or 3rd year of the major in Cinema or Cultural Studies.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Graduate Certificate in Arts - Screen and Cultural Studies
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Screen and Cultural Studies
Screen and Cultural Studies

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