Hollywood Cinema

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Hollywood Cinema

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies, Radio - Television - Film

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    FILM 101 or 102 (or 231)

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course will examine one or more periods of Hollywood cinema from an aesthetic, historical, cultural, and/or economic perspective. In 2015 the course will survey some of the key features of contemporary Hollywood cinema since about 1990. These may include the role of the Blockbuster and franchise films, narrative and stylistic developments, CGI and immersive entertainment, Indiewood, the ?smart? film, and representations of gender.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    -Demostrate knowledge of important concepts, ideas and debates within Film Studies about
    contemporary Hollywood cinema.
    -Employ their improved critical skills, including their ability to characterise scholarly texts.
    -Display evidence of their enhanced textual analysis and research skills.
    -Demostrate evidence of their creative and/or practical skills.
    -Demonstrate improvement in their ability to communicate in a scholarly manner.

    Creative Exercise- 15%
    Take Home Test- 30%
    Reading Reports- 15%
    Final Essay- 40%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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