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HUM 120 - Introduction to Film

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Core
An introduction to the conventions, scope, purposes and techniques of films. Includes viewing and writing about a variety of films.
Competencies
  1. Interpret film according to narrative and dramatic principles
    1. Define narrative and dramatic elements such as character, plot, setting, motif, symbol, theme, etc.
    2. Discuss narrative and dramatic elements in a wide range of films
    3. Analyze narrative and dramatic elements in a wide range of films
  2. Analyze film according to principles of mise en scene
    1. Define elements of mise en scene such as setting, lighting, staging, and shot composition
    2. Discuss elements of mise en scene in a wide range of films
    3. Analyze elements of mise en scene in a wide range of films
  3. Analyze film according to principles of cinematography
    1. Define elements of cinematography such as movement of the camera, lenses, film stock, and special effects
    2. Discuss elements of cinematography in a wide range of films
    3. Analyze elements of cinematography in a wide range of films
  4. Analyze film according to principles of editing
    1. Define modes and elements of editing such as continuity, montage, parallel, cross-cutting, analytical, transitions, etc.
    2. Discuss elements of editing in a wide range of films
    3. Analyze elements of editing in a wide range of films
  5. Analyze film according to principles of sound
    1. Define elements of sound such as dialogue, music, and effects
    2. Discuss elements of sound in a wide range of films
    3. Analyze elements of sound in a wide range of films
  6. Evaluate film according to the theory of style
    1. Define film style
    2. Analyze elements of narration, mise en scene, cinematography, editing, and sound as it relates to film style
  7. Critique film by applying at least five critical theories
    1. Define aspects of at least five critical theories (Formalist, Genre, Auteur, Feminist, Psychoanalytic, Marxist, Structuralism, Deconstructionism, Historical, Apparatus, Race/ethnicity, Gender, Queer, etc.)
    2. Discuss aspects of at least five critical theories (Formalist, Genre, Auteur, Feminist, Psychoanalytic, Marxist, Structuralism, Deconstructionism, Historical, Apparatus, Race/ethnicity, Gender, Queer, etc.) in a wide range of films
    3. Analyze aspects of at least five critical theories (Formalist, Genre, Auteur, Feminist, Psychoanalytic, Marxist, Structuralism, Deconstructionism, Historical, Apparatus, Race/ethnicity, Gender, Queer, etc.) in a wide range of films
  8. Assess films from a diverse range of cultures and historical periods
    1. View films from a diverse range of cultures and historical periods, such as: Silent, German Expressionism, French Poetic Realism, Classical Hollywood, European Art Cinema, New Waves (French, British, Hollywood, Czech, etc.), Blockbuster
    2. Discuss the cultural context and significance of films from various historical periods
    3. Analyze the cultural context and significance of films from various historical periods
    4. Compare/contrast film technique, technology, and style among films from various cultures and historical periods
  9. Create effective writing to demonstrate understanding of course goals
    1. Produce analyses or interpretation through written assignments
    2. Use filmic terminology appropriate to genres and/or theories
    3. Practice academic English and current MLA citation guidelines



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