ENGL 2057 - Hollywood or Bust!

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

This course will cover the Hollywood film industry's history, with reference to developments in film form and key genres. Students will engage with historical accounts of the technological and economic factors underlying key developments in Hollywood film, and will engage with a variety of critical perspectives on the ideological implications of tendencies in Hollywood cinema. Students will acquire a detailed understanding of the significance of Hollywood as an artistic, industrial and ideological centre. The Hollywood film industry and its products will be considered in an international context. Course activities and assessments will help students develop competencies as researchers, critical analysts of cinematic and scholarly materials and writers. Students will also develop skills in creating effective public presentations (both/either in face-to-face classes or in online forums).

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENGL 2057
    Course Hollywood or Bust!
    Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of undergraduate study. Students must be 18 years of age at the commencement of classes due to the discussion of R rated themes and materials
    Incompatible ENGL 2031 & ENGL 3031
    Assumed Knowledge 3 units of Level I English, ENGL 1105
    Course Description This course will cover the Hollywood film industry's history, with reference to developments in film form and key genres. Students will engage with historical accounts of the technological and economic factors underlying key developments in Hollywood film, and will engage with a variety of critical perspectives on the ideological implications of tendencies in Hollywood cinema. Students will acquire a detailed understanding of the significance of Hollywood as an artistic, industrial and ideological centre. The Hollywood film industry and its products will be considered in an international context. Course activities and assessments will help students develop competencies as researchers, critical analysts of cinematic and scholarly materials and writers. Students will also develop skills in creating effective public presentations (both/either in face-to-face classes or in online forums).
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Joy McEntee

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1 Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the significance of Hollywood as an artistic, industrial and ideological centre, with reference to key developments from 1903 onwards. In particular, students will come to understand distinctions between popular and scholarly approaches discussing commercial cinema
    2 Demonstrate knowledge about the Hollywood film industry’s history, and will engage with historical accounts of the technological and economic factors underlying key developments in Hollywood film. They will learn about the impact of these factors on Hollywood cinema’s “aesthetic” evolution via detailed consideration of film form in selected genres
    3 Demonstrate they have engaged with a variety of critical perspectives on the ideological implications of tendencies in Hollywood cinema.
    4 Developed an informed awareness of the Hollywood film industry, its economic and cultural practices, and its products, in an international context (includes ethical questions about cultural and industrial colonisation, as well as ethical/legal questions about appropriation and intellectual property)
    5 Demonstrate an awareness of key scholarly concepts in and approaches to the semiotic and formal analysis of verbal, visual and aural media, and will practice performing critical work informed by those concepts and approaches
    6 Demonstrate skills as independent researchers and self-directed learners, both in individual and collaborative tasks
    7 Achieve skills in analysing, synthesising and presenting information in a manner that is appropriate to / optimised for each of several communication formats
    8 Demonstrate being able to interact confidently in small groups
    9 Demonstrate being able to interact confidently in small and large groups in online environments
    10 Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of legal arrangements, including censorship regulations, intellectual property and copyright law, on film-making practice and scholarly analysis of film
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-10
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-7
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6, 7, 8, 9
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5, 7, 8, 9, 10
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-9
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5-10
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5-10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    To be announced.
    Recommended Resources
    To be announced.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Teaching and learning modes may include lectures, seminars and online activities.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students will commit the equivalent of 156 hours per semester to study in this course.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Provisional. Learning activities may include lectures, face-to-face seminars, online activities, instructor-directed and student-directed research and assessment-for-learning tasks.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Due to Ratings legislation, students must be over 18 years of age.
    This course is not available for non-degree enrolment.
    It is strongly recommended that students complete Film Studies 1 before enrolling in this course.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Provisional. The small group discovery experience may be developed through student-led seminar discussions, which may include both face-to-face and online settings. The course may include collaborative assessment tasks.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Provisional. Assessment may include blended learning assignments, stuctured independent and/or collaborative activities, essay(s), leading a face-to-face or online seminar discussion, exam.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must attempt all assessment requirements / all assessment items in order to pass the course.
    Other assessment related requirements will be able to be found in the Discipline of English and Creative Writing Policies and Procedures, and the relevant Course Guide.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment details are to be announced.
    Submission

    Assessment submission is to be undertaken in the form prescribed in any instructions issued for individual assessment items. 

    Policies on deadlines and lateness are to be found in the Discipline of English and Creative Writing Policies and Procedures.

    Provisionally and for example, submission formats may include: in class presentations and/or discussions;  online submission of written or other work; hard copy submission of written work to a prescribed place; completing a quiz, or sitting an exam. This is not an exhaustive list.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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