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FILM 2900

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Film Genres
Prerequisite(s) None Specified
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course seeks to define, characterize and categorize modern and postmodern films, noting their history and potential for genre status examining specific films in depth for their aesthetic form and content. Analysis of films function, including expressions of culture and media through their specific discourses of psychology, family, gender, class, race/ethnicity, and political ideology will also be conducted.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student should:
  1. Gain a thorough understanding of film genre as a reflection of larger cultural and economic patterns.
  2. Acquire knowledge in evaluating the way cultural history impacts the forms and content of genre production and reception.
  3. Understand the theoretical and critical tools necessary to analyze individual films based on genre and other concerns.
  4. Possess increased awareness of good genre analysis and strengthened discussion and writing of same.
General Education Outcomes
None Specified

Course Content
None Specified

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Course Grade
  1. Tests and final examination prepared by individual instructors will be used to determine the course grade. Each test may consider either objective or subjective materials designed to demonstrate the analysis and synthesis of information regarding the history and aesthetics and form of cinema.
  2. A critical analysis paper (using secondary sources) of one or more aspects of a representative work or works of a specific director or cinema genre.
  3. Written film reviews of movies in current release or movies seen in class to assess the synthesis of cinema studies.
  4. The course grade will be computed as follows:
     Test and Written Assignments 3/4
     Final exam 1/4

Departmental Assessment

  1. The course will be assessed every three (3) years. Assessment shall focus on student understanding of cinema and comprehension of the course content by viewing a predetermined film and writing an analytical critique according to guidelines presented in class. Guidelines will include attention to possible historical considerations, aesthetics and style. The students will be expected to write the essay utilizing a cinematic vocabulary necessary to the formal study of cinema. Instructors may also propose an assessment consisting of the creation of a short film by the student.
  2. The assessment committee, consisting of all members of the full-time faculty who taught sections of this course during the semester of the assessment, will evaluate an anonymous random sampling of the critiques. The Department Chair shall be responsible for selecting the sampling of critiques to be assessed. Each instructor shall attach a copy of the criteria given to his/her students to each set of critiques. Each committee member will make written comments on strengths and weaknesses of the papers.

The committee will report its findings and recommendations to the department chair and dean the following semester. The report shall be sent to all instructors of assessed classes. Faculty shall meet with their dean to discuss implications for course improvement. Any changes resulting from the assessment (such as revisions of the course outline and syllabus and consideration of possible textbook changes) will go into effect the following academic year.

Last Revised: Aug. 18, 2011
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