CCOG for ENG 197 Winter 2023
- Course Number:
- ENG 197
- Course Title:
- Film Studies: Contemporary Themes and Genres
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
- Lecture/Lab Hours:
- Lab Hours:
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
- Analyze film technique and film as an art medium.
- Articulate a position, orally and in writing, by situating a film in a cultural context, and substantiating observations with examples taken from that tradition and from the film itself.
- Use reflective visual reading, writing, listening and speaking skills to recognize, develop and articulate personal standards, predispositions and theories regarding film and critical responses to film.
- Explain how individual films are representative of the contemporary culture and historical moment that produced them.
Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to reflect on one’s work or competencies to make connections between course content and lived experience.
General education philosophy statement
English and Writing courses align with the PCC General Education philosophy by providing an appreciation of writing and literature from global and personal perspectives. Students in English courses engage the imagination, critical inquiry and self‐reflection, and in the process of doing so, cultivate a more complex understanding of their own culture(s), linguistic/communication practices, and perspectives in relation to others. Because the literary arts lie at the heart of most human cultures, they are essential for understanding each other and navigating our differences. In literature classes, students explore significant texts from diverse cultures and periods in history. Students look closely at texts from a range of genres, articulating the way elements of writing, content, form, and style are interrelated, and considering how values and interpretations have changed over time and through different theoretical lenses. Students engage texts through critical analysis and creative response, learning to use evidence to support their interpretations and to navigate critical conversations. Students explore literature both as an art form designed to provoke thought and challenge social norms, and as an expression of human experience. Writing and Literature courses foster a stronger sense of engagement with history, culture, and society. Writing and Literature students develop an awareness of themselves as readers and writers in a global world, and an enlarged understanding of the relationships between language, identity, ideas, scholarship, communication, and transformation.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
Assessment tools may include informal responses to study questions; evaluation of small- and full-group discussion; in-class and out-of-class writing, including informal responses to study questions and other forms of informal writing; analysis of film reviews; frame and/or sequence analyses; presentations by individuals and groups; storyboards; screenplays; and short- and long-essay exams. Both instructor and peer evaluation may be incorporated in the assessment process.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Themes, Concepts and Issues:
history of film as an art form
mise en scene
types and functions of settings
symmetrical and asymmetrical composition
use of space
color and colorization
angles and point-of-view
frame/the world outside the frame
early film editing
action and reaction
fast and slow cutting
early film sound
classical Hollywood cinema
French New Wave
chronological and nonchronological time
narrative and nonnarrative techniques
Production Code of the Motion Picture Producers and Directors of America, Inc. -- 1930-4
explicit and implicit meaning
marxist film criticism
feminist film criticism
Competencies and Skills:
understanding films through contexts, such as society and politics; artistic conventions; financial constraints; multiple interpretations
of a director; etc.
writing about films
critical reading (for instance, of reviews and critical essays)
understanding roles of cinematographer, director, etc.
speaking and listening reflectively