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HUM 121 - America in the Movies

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Core
An interdisciplinary course that combines the insights of history and literature by examining popular American movies. The course explores the social, cultural and ethical questions raised in such 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 range of films
    3. Analyze narrative and dramatic elements in a range of films
  2. Analyze film according to principles of mise en scene, cinematography, editing, and sound
    1. Define elements of mise en scene, cinematography, editing, and sound
    2. Discuss elements of mise en scene, cinematography, editing, and sound in a range of films
    3. Analyze elements of mise en scene, cinematography, editing, and sound in a range of films
  3. Examine the history of Hollywood film with a particular focus (survey, genre, auteur, topic, etc.)
    1. View films from a broad historical background, from 1890s to the present
    2. Discuss important historical events, their representations in film, and their influence on film material and form
    3. Analyze the evolution of film throughout history
  4. Assess the social and cultural context of film
    1. Identify cultural values reflected in films
    2. Discuss cultural values evidenced in films and the ways in which art reflects culture
    3. Compare and contrast cultural values in film throughout history
  5. Compare and contrast how other cultures and film industries intersect with Hollywood
    1. Identify other cultural or industrial alternatives to Hollywood filmmaking
    2. Illustrate how other cultures or film industries have imitated, appropriated, or critiqued Hollywood style and vice versa
  6. 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 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 range of films
  7. 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. Use academic English and current MLA citation guidelines



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