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WGSS481 syllabus


Spring 2022 ENGL150

Introduction to Film as Narrative


Learning Outcomes and Assessment for This Course.

Student Learning Outcomes: This class will introduce students to viewing techniques and critical language that allow them to analyze the many ways that films tell stories. Students will learn to write persuasive arguments for specific interpretations of films and the ways films convey information and create effects. Students will also receive instruction and get practice making multi-media presentations that support claims about how films work. The class will be discussion based, with some lectures, and many visual aids.

This course is linked to WSU's Seven Learning Goals of the Baccalaureate.

Critical and Creative Thinking:

At the end of this course, students should be able to: Develop critical film viewing habits. Demonstrate knowledge of basic terms and concepts in film making. Analytically assess the use of specific cinematic techniques to convey ideas.

Course topics that address these learning outcomes are: Lectures and reading assignments throughout the semester from Sikov's textbook, Film Studies: An Introduction. Guidance for paper writing from Corrigan's A Short Guide to Writing About Film.

This outcome will be evaluated primarily by: Participation in class discussion, essay, presentation.

Communication:

At the end of this course, students should be able to: Craft clear and persuasive arguments for specific interpretations of films and aspects of films. Put together a multimedia presentation that illustrates a claim about how a film represents individualism and society.

Course topics that address these learning outcomes are: Lectures and reading assignments throughout the semester from the textbook. Models presented by the professor on film days and Corrigan's A Short Guide to Writing About Film.

This outcome will be evaluated primarily by: Participation in class discussion, essay, presentation.


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