Fall 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

McLean, Adrienne
Discipline and Number
FILM 2332 Section 001
T Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Understanding Film

Description of Course:

This course is designed, using primarily classic or canonical film works, to familiarize students with the history and formal and stylistic elements of cinema as a medium of expression, and to enable them to become more informed and sophisticated film viewers, evaluators, and cultural critics. Roughly the first half of the course will be spent exploring how and why cinema became a mass medium and in outlining the features and techniques by which film communicates with audiences. The remainder will be devoted to considering the many ways these elements were employed by filmmakers working in Hollywood and elsewhere over the past century. Generally, classes will consist of lecture augmented by brief screenings of relevant material as well as discussion of the reading and screening for the week.

Required Texts:

Michael Wood, Film: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2012), ISBN 9780192803535.

In addition, book chapters and articles from a variety of sources will be posted on eLearning or electronic reserve for reading, printing, and/or downloading. Full-length films are assigned weekly for viewing before the regular class session; these films are required texts as well.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Attendance, 10%; group project, 15%; exams 1, 2, and 3, 25% each.

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