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FI102 - The Hollywood Cinema

  • Module code: FI102
  • Module name: The Hollywood Cinema
  • Department: Film and Television Studies
  • Credit: 24, 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module will analyse some of the most popular genres, films and stars of significant periods of Hollywood history. It will be structured around specific case studies and close textual readings, asking: How are these films constructed? How do they signify? What meanings can be gathered from them? The module focuses on distinctive aspects of form and style in Hollywood cinema and how these have changed over successive decades. It also studies Hollywood as a form of national cinema, examining the ways in which it has responded to broader issues in American society throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. In the Autumn Term, the module will normally focus on Hollywood cinema from the 1930s to the 1960s. The Spring Term normally focuses upon Hollywood cinema from the 1960s to the present day.

Principal learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes: 1. A knowledge of the history of Hollywood cinema, specifically of the periods studied on the module, and an awareness of the larger social and cultural history of those periods; 2. An ability critically to interpret the module films and to articulate arguments about the films both orally and in writing, building on the skills taught in earlier modules; 3. An ability to make critical and historical comparisons between the module films and other film, involving an ability to select and justify the selection; 4. An understanding of Hollywood cinema as a National Cinema, involving a grasp of the ways in which it articulates the themes and problems of American culture; 5. An ability to use critical sources and research tools, building on the skills taught in earlier modules; 6. An ability to make comparisons between different periods of Hollywood production.

Timetabled teaching activities

Weekly lectures, screenings and seminars.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
24 CATS (Module code: FI102-24)
C (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 25%
Assessed Course Work 25%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%
30 CATS (Module code: FI102-30)
D1 (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 30%
Assessed Course Work 30%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 40%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Italian with Film Studies (R3W5) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Film Studies (W620) - Year 2
Optional Core
  • Undergraduate French with Film Studies (R1WA) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate German with Film Studies (RP33) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Comparative American Studies (Q405) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate European Studies with Italian (2+2) (T2R3) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate European Studies with Italian (2+2) (T2R3) - Year 4