ENGL 225 - Introduction to Film
3 Semester Hour Credits
Course Description: A general introduction to film studies, including analysis of narrative and stylistic elements of films.
Schedule: Spring and summer semesters. This course is offered in 8 week sessions.
Delivery Method: Online. Students are not expected to come to the campus at any time.
Prerequisite Courses: None.
Instructor: Gary Albrightson; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Textbook: Book Information through the DCB Bookstore.
Other Materials: None.
Course Objectives: In English 225 students will learn to:
- recognize the variety of narrative and stylistic conventions used in film since its beginnings.
- analyze and write about film with the concepts and terminology film scholars use to write about film in academic writing situations.
This course studies film from its origins to the present. Prospective students who may be offended by mature themes and adult language should be aware that some of the films to be screened and discussed may have R ratings.
- Participation: regular posting to the class Discussion Board is expected and will be part of the final grade.
- Essays: An essay of at least 1,500 words will be due at the midterm. This essay, which will be evidence-based argument, will analyze features of Classical Hollywood Cinema in a film to be assigned. For the final, an essay will be written of at least 1,500 words comparing and contrasting story and cinematics in three or more films to be assigned. These essays will be written in steps using a process approach to writing. Failure to produce the required written work for each step of the process will prevent the final draft from earning any points. The final draft of both essays will be graded on content, organization, style, Edited Standard Written English, and MLA format to cite information used and to create a works cited list.
- Quizzes/tests: Multiple-choice, true-false, fill-in-the-blank, or short answer quizzes may be given on all reading assignments.
The final grade is based on total points earned on discussion board posts, graded quizzes/tests, the midterm essay’s process assignments and final draft, and the final essay’s process assignments and final draft.
Exams - Policies & Procedures:
- All quizzes and exams can be taken on any computer with Internet access.
- All quizzes can be accessed at the website maintained by the publisher of the textbook assigned to be read.
- Chapter quizzes have approximately ten questions each.
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