Cinemas of the Americas
University of Newcastle
Area of Study
American Studies, Film Studies
Taught In English
60 units of 1000 level courses
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Host University Units10
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewThis 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.LEARNING OUTCOMES1. 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 America5. 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 HollywoodThe "Indie" filmLegacies of Slavery, diaspora, and empireNational identity, and narrative as national myth-makingPolitical economy and ideology"US imperialism', and counter-hegemonic cinemaLatin American and Canadian cinemasPostcolonialismAmerican cinema and the worldASSESSMENT ITEMSJournal: Weekly JournalWritten Assignment: Film AnalysisEssay: Major Research Essay
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.