Hollywood and its Others

Please note: this is archived course information from 2020 for MEDIA 307.


This course investigates the historical significance of Hollywood in an international context.

It begins by examining the particular form of popular cinema associated with Hollywood and the industrial structures and economic organisation that helped American cinema to become dominant both at home and internationally.

The second section of the course explores Hollywood’s historical relationship to European cinema, with a focus on the role of immigrants in the development of Hollywood, American cinema’s fascination with Europe as a place and the aesthetic influences that have occurred back and forward across the Atlantic.

The third section focuses on Hollywood’s relationship with Asia, from its influence on the development of cinema in China, through the American remaking of Asian films to the Asian film industry’s response to Hollywood’s domination.

The course concludes by considering the new global moving image economy dominated by Hollywood.


Course outcomes

By the end of the course, students will:

  • Better understand the conceptual and theoretical elements of Film Studies
  • Be more alert to the aesthetic elements that form the film language
  • Be better informed about the evolution of Hollywood as industry and mass medium
  • Be more aware of the world cinema’s "dialogues" with Hollywood
  • Be more capable of using databases to support independent research on set topics
  • Have the ability to apply information to develop a distinctive critical voice



Coursework only

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Availability 2020

Semester 2


Coordinator(s) Dr Xuelin Zhou


MEDIA 307: 15 points


30 points at Stage II in Media, Film and Television or Transnational Cultures and Creative Practice


FTVMS 202, MEDIA 202, FTVMS 307