Cinema of the Americas

Course code FMCS2300Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course introduces students to cinema produced within America. We use relevant analytical and theoretical approaches to approach specific case studies selected from the diverse range of American cinemas encapsulating Hollywood and ‘Independent’ US films, plus Latin American and Canadian cinema. We will discuss key historical moments in the development of American cinema and their cinematic representation, as well as explore ways of applying theoretical concepts to different cultural forms specific to the local and national culture at hand, as well as continent-wide and global connections.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThis course assists students in developing the skills and knowledge that will enable them to:
1) Demonstrate a basic knowledge of cinema in America as situated within cultural, historical and political context.
2) Become familiar with classical narrative films form, its derivations and deviations as practised within the USA and other American states.
3) Apply analytic skills in the interdisciplinary study of American films and the uses of appropriate theoretical models to understand them.
4) Pursue detailed study of specific films and relevant theories as exemplifying key moments in the influential development of the feature film as practised in America
5 Develop applied research, analytical and communication skills appropriate to advanced scholarship in the area of Film, Media and Cultural Studies.
ContentCourse topics may include:
* Classical Hollywood; ‘New Hollywood’; blockbuster Hollywood
* The ‘Indie’ film
* Legacies of Slavery, diaspora, and empire
* National identity, and narrative as national myth-making
* Political economy and ideology
* ‘US imperialism', and counter-hegemonic cinema
* Latin American and Canadian cinemas
* Postcolonialism
* American cinema and the world
Replacing Course(s)FILM3130 Cinema of the Americas (Previously known as FILM3130 Classical Hollywood Cinema).
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed FILM3130 Cinema of the Americas may not enrol in FMCS2300 Cinema of the Americas.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge60 units of 1000 level courses
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLaboratory
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsMajor Research Essay, 2,000-2,500 words, 40%

A Film Analysis of 1,000 words, 20%
JournalJournal covering weekly screenings and readings, 40%
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term