Course Description: Film: the history and aesthetics of cinema is intended to serve as an introduction to the critical viewing and consideration of film. Its intent is to provide students with a vocabulary of film, an understanding of the development of cinema since its inception, and an understanding of the primary schools of film criticism.
Course Goals: Students will be expected to understand and to apply the vocabulary of film criticism to selected films. They will be asked to demonstrate the application of critical thinking skills both in verbal and written form as they relate historical and critical information to the viewing of film and discuss it as an artistic medium.
The course has a required text:
Two other texts are recommended for the class to help students with particular areas in which they may struggle:
OBTAINING FILMS: Students will be assigned a series of films for viewing outside the classroom. These films are required elements of the course. In the college setting, it is expected that students be responsible for obtaining access to these materials; the films will not be provided for them, nor will they be shown in the classroom – both time and copyright prohibits such viewing. The required films are listed on the schedule portion of this syllabus, allowing for pre-planning. It is recommended that students consider an online rental service and/or cooperate with one another in order to obtain the films in a timely manner.
Film is, like all art, highly subjective, and selecting a handful of movies from the millions that have been produced is a challenge. Therefore, the films selected for this course are not chosen by whim. They are not only critically reviewed and recognized, they are also honored by popular opinion (appearing on the AFI top 100 films of all time) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (having received one or more academy awards). I, as your teacher, apologize if you do not like all of the films, but, frankly, they’re not my personal favorites either. Suggestions for replacements or additional films are not welcome…save them for your critical paper.
Grades & Grading Policy: Your final course grade will be based on the following assignments as described in the explanation in this syllabus and as listed in the attached schedule of assignments according to the percentages assigned below.
The requirements of the course are broken down in the following manner:
Since FIL2400 requires students to demonstrate the application of critical analysis to film, written assignments will be given on a weekly basis. Students are expected to complete these assignments within the following criteria:
Students will take 3 tests in the course of the semester, each addressing one section of the course. The tests will address the following: (1) Film vocabulary and process (2) Cinema history (3) Critical theory and analysis of film. Each test will be composed of 2 elements. Students will take an in-class objective exam dealing with material presented in class. Students will also complete a take home exam demonstrating understanding of the concepts presented in class by responding to a critical thinking question in essay form.
Students will occasionally be given quizzes to judge both their comprehension of material presented in class and their completion of assigned homework.
Critical Essay: DUE 12/4/2008
Students will be expected to complete a critical analysis paper addressing one of the three major sections of the course as it relates to a particular work of art. Both the topic and the work of art selected are the responsibility of the student.
Thesis statements/concept proposals for these papers are due to the instructor no later than 11/06/008
Criteria for the paper are found on the assignment sheet provided in class.
Important Dates: The last day to drop classes without an “F” is October 28.
Office Hours: 5-6 p.m. Thursday L2-204. Telephone: 352-746-6721 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I live here. I work at CFCC full time as a supervisor in the Learning Support Center as well as teaching classes. Therefore, I am available in my office in L2-204 for 37.5 hours a week. My regular work schedule is as follows:
Plagiarism will not be tolerated in any form. If an assignment, or any part of it, is plagiarized, students will receive a zero grade for that assignment.
Draconian assignment warning, jawohl!
The work assigned in this class has due dates assigned by the teacher (that would be me.) Those due dates are assigned for a reason. They are not arbitrary, and work may not be turned in at your leisure or at the end of class in the last moments of the semester.