ENGL 2057 - Hollywood or Bust!

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    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
    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.
    3 Engage with a variety of critical perspectives on Hollywood cinema. In particular, students will come to understand distinctions between popular and scholarly approaches to discussing commercial cinema
    4 Demonstrate skills as researchers and self-directed learners, both in individual and collaborative tasks
    5 Demonstrate skills in analysing, synthesising and presenting information in a manner that is optimised for each of several
    communication formats (written, oral etc.)
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    10
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4, 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    4. 5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 2, 3
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Provisional. 

    The Birth of a Nation
    . Dir. DW Griffith, 1915.
    The Kid. Dir. Charles Chaplin, 1921.
    Gold Diggers of 1933. Dir. Mervyn Le Roy, 1933. 
    Citizen Kane. Dir. Orson Welles, 1941. 
    The Searchers. Dir. John Ford, 1956. 
    Psycho. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1960. 
    Bonnie and Clyde. Dir. Arthur Penn, 1967.
    Alien. Dir. Ridley Scott, 1979.
    Goodfellas. Dir. Martin Scorsese, 1990.
    O Brother, Where Art Thou? Dir. Joel and Ethan Coen, 2000.
    Recommended Resources
    To be announced.
    Online Learning
    This course makes active use of MyUni. Lecture recordings and notes will be made available there.
  • 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 will be delivered through seminars in all weeks, and may be delivered in lectures in selected weeks. 
  • 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 essay(s) and leading a small group discussion created through research (a collaborative task that involves submitting a plan to the tutor in advance).
    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 Department of English and Creative Writing Policies and Procedures, and the relevant Course Guide.
    Assessment Detail
    Provisional.

    Lead seminar discussion including plan 15%
    Mid-semester essay 35%
    End-of-semester essay 50%
    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 Department of English and Creative Writing Policies and Procedures.

    Provisionally and for example, submission formats may include: leading in class 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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