Cinemas of the Americas

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cinemas of the Americas

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    American Studies, Film Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    60 units of 1000 level courses

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    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.
    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
    American cinema and the world
    Journal: Weekly Journal
    Written Assignment: Film Analysis
    Essay: Major Research Essay

Course Disclaimer

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.