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CMS2019 Global Hollywood

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Global Hollywood
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100700 - Communication & Media Studies
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Kelly McWilliam

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Hollywood cinema is both the best-known and most influential national cinema in the world, and has been since World War 1. But how and why? And with what effect? This course surveys the development of Hollywood cinema from its first emergence to the present day, covering key historical, technological, and cultural developments through case studies of significant films.


This course examines the emergence, development, and global expansion of the Hollywood film industry, arguably the most famous national cinema in the world. Focusing on contemporary Hollywood, the course takes both a textual and contextual approach and positions the industry in light of changing cultural, economic, industrial, political, and technological contexts. One of the features of this course is its inclusion of regular film screenings that feature a broad selection of Hollywood texts, from classic era to present-day films.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. discuss key moments and/or features of the development of the Hollywood film industry
  2. identify and critically discuss some of the factors that have enabled Hollywood to dominate its own local market, as well as many international markets
  3. use key disciplinary terms and/or approaches in the study of the Hollywood film industry
  4. conduct textual analyses of Hollywood films.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Emergence of the Hollywood film industry 20.00
2. Contemporary Hollywood 40.00
3. Analysing Hollywood films. 40.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Maltby, R 2003, Hollywood cinema, 2nd edn, Wiley-Blackwell, Malden, MA.
Stadler, J with McWilliam, K 2009, Screen media: analysing film and television, Allen & Unwin.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Bordwell, D & Thompson, K 2017, Film art: an introduction, 11th edn, McGraw-Hill, New York.
Cook, DA 2016, A history of narrative film, 5th edn, W. W. Norton & Company, New York.
Cook, P (ed.) 2007, The cinema book, 3rd edn, British Film Institute, London.
Dyer, R 2004, Heavenly bodies: film stars and society, 2nd edn, Routledge, New York.
Hartley, J 2011, Communication, cultural and media studies: the key concepts, 4th edn, Routledge, New York.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ESSAY 1 100 30 26 Apr 2019
ESSAY 2 100 40 07 Jun 2019
ONLINE FORUM POSTS 100 30 07 Jun 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  2. Students will be required to attend all film screenings and/or watch those films as part of their private study.