Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Hollywood Industry and Imaginary

Module P4012A

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module looks at one of the world's most commercially and culturally significant media institutions. It addresses Hollywood as a set of interconnected practices, industrial and symbolic. The module develops points of contact between two ways of envisaging films as commodities within a moving image economy, and as symbolic forms by situating film texts in historical contexts. It focuses in particular on the period from the late 1960s to the present day.

As this is a final year module, you will be expected to draw on the range of methods, skills and approaches that you have encountered in your earlier work (especially situating films in their historical contexts). You will also be developing an account of the political economy of Hollywood. That is, you will be looking for ways of understanding why and how films are produced, and how these commercial imperatives shape the form and nature of Hollywood movies. You will look at Hollywood as a system of publicity encompassing marketing procedures, journalistic commentary, etc. And you will, of course, look at the films themselves, their narrative structures, systems of representation, cinematographic properties, thematic concerns, and the pleasures they offer all in the specific historical and institutional contexts of the 'heavy industry of dreams'.”

Module learning outcomes

Show systematic knowledge and understanding of the recent industrial history of Hollywood.

Make connections between the industrial configuraion of Hollywood and particular film products.

Show wider critical awareness of recent trends in Hollywood and their significance for contemporary filmic and wider culture.

Plan and realise a research project centred on the cultural and commercial profile of one Hollywood film and relating to some of the topics raised on the module.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayA1 Week 1 70.00%
EssayT1 Week 6 30.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterFilm3 hours111101111111
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours111101111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Lawrence Webb

Assess convenor, Convenor

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