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ENG197 Film Studies: Themes & Genres

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Enhances understanding of film through analysis of contemporary film-making, narrative techniques, genres, themes and critical approaches. Develops visual literacy and analysis skills by offering a range of tools to study any film. Analyzes contemporary film techniques and the ways in which the films may both contribute and react to their time and culture. Covers contemporary film theory. Substantiates observations with examples taken from the film tradition and from the film itself. Prerequisite: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 or equivalent placement. Audit available. (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide.)

Credits:
4.00
Registration:
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Materials:
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List of classes for ENG197 Film Studies: Themes & Genres
CRNLocation & typeDays & timeDatesSeats availableMaterialsMore infoSign up
42781RC Remote
Thursday
from 10 to 11:20am

From September 30 through December 16, 2021
Textbooks for CRN 42781
$0
Instructor: Melissa Manolas
Tuition: credit Fees: $0

Course details: CRN 42781

Course materials

Textbooks

No textbooks required

Technology:

  • Here are some Online tools you’ll want to familiarize yourself with to prepare for the term.

Instructor comments:

ENG 197 Course Overview

If we’re not on campus, how will I be expected to attend this class?

  • ENG 197 is a remote class, which means that part of the class happens during required once-a-week Zoom sessions and the other part of the class happens online in our D2L Brightspace classroom site. 
    • Here is more information about what a D2L Brightspace site is. 
  • The once-a-week required online Zoom class meetings will take place on Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:20am. Here are instructions on how to access and participate in a Zoom session.
  • Other than the once-a-week Zoom sessions, the rest of the class will take place on the D2L Brightspace site asynchronously, which means that work and activities do not have to happen in real time or face to face. Instead, you can participate whenever is convenient for you--as long as you post or participate by the established due dates. 
  • Having internet access will be critical for taking this class. If you don't have stable internet access, PCC will also be offering classes on campus in fall, so you should consider taking an in-person class.
  • You will need to attend class by logging in to our D2L Brightspace class site (check out this online tools page for more D2L info. and a Sample D2L course you can visit). This will be our classroom for the whole term.
  • Remember that if you don’t participate in the D2L Brightspace class site by the end of the first week, this would be the same as not showing up to the first week of classes in a face-to-face class, and, in the same way, you would risk being dropped from the class.
  • Here are some Online tools you’ll want to familiarize yourself with to prepare for the term.

Do I have to order a textbook?

  • All readings will be posted online, so there is no textbook required for the class.

This is a film class, so how will we watch the films?

  • We will be streaming the films online through the PCC library.

What will we be doing every week? (Many of these activities listed below do not have to happen in real time or face to face. Instead, you can watch, post, and participate whenever is convenient for you--as long as you post or participate by the established due dates). 

Every week, students will be expected to:

  • read the articles on the film term that we’re covering that week. The film terms are: Genre, Lighting, Narrative, Cinematography, Style, Mise en Scene, Sound, Editing, and Animation.
  • watch the film we’re discussing that week by a certain date, 
  • fill out notes about the film, 
  • and then participate in discussions and small group projects in response to the films. (These will mostly take place during our Zoom online class meetings.)

(The idea is to have fun discussing the films and sharing ideas, while we also build up a technical vocabulary and bolster your film scholar chops.)

I will also post brief lectures and informative videos that students are expected to review.

Web course information

No show policy
Your instructor can mark you as a "no show" if you do not participate in your class during the first week. This will remove you from the class. It is important to log in as soon as the class starts to see what the participation requirements are.
Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities should notify their instructor if accommodations are needed to take this class. For information about technologies that help people with disabilities taking Web based classes please visit the Disability Services website.