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MSD2500 Reading Film: Hollywood

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 29 May 2022


Enrolment is not permitted in MSD2500 if CMS2019 has been previously completed.


Hollywood cinema is the best known and the most influential national cinema in the world and has been so for a century. But how and why? And with what effect? Certainly, Hollywood’s long-held significance around the world makes it the ideal case study in introducing students to screen media analysis: skills they can then apply to a range of other media, and in a range of employment, moving forward. This course surveys the development of Hollywood cinema from its emergence to the present day, and covers key historical, technological, and cultural developments through a focus on influential periods, filmmakers, and films.

In this course, students use Hollywood as a case study to begin to develop core skills in screen analysis, to help them develop an analytical skill set that can then be applied to a range of other media and foci. Students examine the emergence, development, and global expansion of the Hollywood film industry, arguably the most famous national cinema in the world. Students use textual and contextual approaches to examine the industry in light of changing cultural, economic, industrial, political, and technological contexts. Regular film screenings featuring a broad selection of influential Hollywood texts will provide context and enable students to complete the course with a film review for their job-ready Media Studies portfolios.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Date printed 29 May 2022