Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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 currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2016.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able 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.


Course 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

Assumed knowledge

60 units of 1000 level courses

Assessment items

Journal: Weekly Journal

Written Assignment: Film Analysis

Essay: Major Research Essay