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Hollywood and Entertainment (SCRN20011)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeSCRN20011
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject explores developments in the Hollywood film industry from the 1960s to the present. Students should grasp some of the key issues of this period, including the focus on modernist strategies, revisionist approaches, allusionism and the new generation of Hollywood film school 'auteurs'. This subject will also look at the interconnection between entertainment industries, and the emergence and significance of 'high concept' as a production and marketing strategy.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should have:

  • the ability to apply critical and analytical skills to analyses the major industry and economic shifts impacting on the form of the Hollywood film industry in the post-1950s era;
  • demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of the impact that conglomeration had on the emergence of an industry focused on franchise and cross-media synergies;
  • the ability to contextualise and interpret changing narrative and stylistic formations in contemporary Hollywood cinema through an understanding of the social, historical and cultural contexts that produced them;
  • an advanced knowledge of the relationship between contemporary Hollywood and earlier traditions of film history;
  • an understanding of the concepts and methods of analysis specific to Screen Studies, especially as it relates to contemporary Hollywood cinema, while also embracing interdisciplinary approaches that deepen analysis of screen media and the forces that drive them; and
  • an ability to communicate effectively in a variety of oral and written formats in a way that reveals a detailed understanding of research practices and principles specific to Screen Studies.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should improve the following generic skills:

  • have a clear understanding of major developments driving the Hollywood film industry in the post-1950s era;
  • recognise and be able to analyse the narrative and stylistic traits that Hollywood developed during various stages from the 1960s and beyond; and
  • understand the impact that big corporations and a new economy had on the emergence of a Hollywood that came to embrace an all-encompassing "entertainment experience" that include cross-media synergies.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects

106-201 Hollywood and Entertainment

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • A 1,500 word tutorial paper to be submitted as a written paper or multimedia blog (40%), due during the semester
  • A 2,500 word essay to be submitted as a written paper or multimedia blog (50%), due during the examination period
  • Attendance (10%).
  • Hurdle: This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance and regular participation in tutorials. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorDjoymi Baker
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTotal 60 hours: 1.5-hour lecture, a 1-hour tutorial and a 2.5-hour screening per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Readings will be available online via LMS.

  • Subject notes

    This subject is available to pre-2008 Bachelor of Arts students for credit to 2nd or 3rd year of the major in Cinema or Cultural Studies.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 10 August 2019