Module title: Contemporary Hollywood Cinema

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP08108
Module leader: Sarah Artt
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture

Reading Texts; Film History
Any SCQF 7 modules in Literature, Culture or Film

2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Sarah Artt
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LO1 &2: Teaching will be delivered via lecture and tutorial. However, the lecture will be divided into sections, allowing for student interaction and opportunities for close analysis within the first hour and during seminar discussion. This combination of lecture and tutorial styles will be complimented by screenings of feature-length films. Screenings will always be preceded by thematic directives to facilitate an engaged viewing experience for students.
LO3&4: Learning will occur in a variety of formats. The close reading and interpretation of film clips and secondary readings will form the basis of tutorial work, followed by structured group discussion or debate around the overarching themes of the module. As part of the assessment process, students will be required to complete a close reading of a film sequence in either written or video essay format, in order to hone critical viewing skills, followed by a more traditional research essay. As a compliment to this, students are also required to undertake a more iterative, less formal screening journal where they can record and refine their thoughts on the module material.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment on this module takes the form of a sample screening journal submitted circa week 4 (minimum length 300 words). Students are given individual feedback on a sample journal entry to help them get to grips with the demands of this cumulative, written assessment which is then submitted as a summative assessment in Week 14. Students are encouraged to use the screening journal as a way to revise and synthesise the various strands of information on the module (lectures, tutorials, screenings, readings). This assessment, when undertaken as directed, encourages improved note-taking, and encourages deeper learning. (LOs 1,2,3, 4)

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment on this module is comprised of a short written analysis or video essay and accompanying reflective commentary (35%) to be submitted in Week 6; a research essay (45%) to be submitted in Week 13 and a screening journal (20%) to be submitted in week 14, but to be completed weekly throughout the term.

The first assessment may be undertaken individually or as a pair and requires students to undertake a close viewing analysis of one of the first four films screened on the module. The option to complete a written piece with screen capture, or a video essay with short critical reflection allows students to collaborate and share their skills. The second assessment is a research essay that requires students to engage in a more in-depth cultural analysis of genre or issues such as gender, race, and representation in one of the further six films screened on the module.

The screening journal (submitted week 14) is an ongoing opportunity for formative learning and assessment that is submitted for a summative mark at the end of the module and encompasses all of the films screened on the module, as well as issues raised in lectures, tutorials, and assigned readings. Students can also use this assessment to work through their individual responses to the films, in order to better get beyond simply liking or disliking a particular text.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 35 1-5 6 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Essay 45 1-4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Reflective Log 20 1-4 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 35
Component 2 subtotal: 65
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

On this module you will be engaging critically with the kind of cinema that you had previously only encountered as a casual viewer. Focusing on Hollywood films made in the last twenty years, this module will look at the current shape of the Hollywood studio industry, as well as how a variety of popular film genres have evolved from the post-classical period to the present. You will also have the opportunity to consider the global influence of Hollywood in terms of narrative, representation and audience. This module will give you the opportunity to look closely at the films you see advertised every day and examine them in terms of genre, aesthetics and technique.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of genre in Hollywood
LO2: Understand and account for genre transformation
LO3: Identify major aesthetic and industrial trends in the American film industry post 1960
LO4: Undertake close textual analysis of films and film studies literature

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP08108 Contemporary Hollywood Cinema