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General Course Information for ENG668: Film Genre Studies

Course: ENG668 - Film Genre Studies
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Course Description: Film Genre Studies is a content-variable course that may be repeated for credit. Each iteration of the course focuses on a specific genre of film in an international- or American-historical context, including the Western, the Epic, the Biblical Epic, Film Noir, the Crime Story, Science-Fiction Adventure, Agitprop, or other film genres. This is an intensive study of the conventions, artists, and styles associated with specific genres and the historical circumstances in which the genre appeared.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify and evaluate the styles and conventions of a specific genre.
  • Identify and evaluate genre directors and genre actors.
  • Identify and evaluate genre and trans-genre films
  • Identify and evaluate genre viewed synchronically and diachronically.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze how language and image are used to produce various effects and meanings across a variety of media forms.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate film theory, aesthetics, history, and individual American and international directors.
  • Assess informed critical discussions, both oral and written, the works and criticism of the Gothic literary period and movement.
  • Critique specific films using technical film vocabulary, critical approaches, and film research tools.
  • Engage in informed critical discussion, both oral and written, of the works and criticism of a specific film or literary period or movement.
  • Evaluate the relevance and validity of different theoretical approaches (e.g., historicist, biographical, etc.) to the understanding of specific texts.
  • Evaluate the relevance and validity of different theoretical approaches to the understanding of specific texts.
  • Produce a work of rhetorical criticism suitable for publication in a scholarly journal.
  • Produce sustained textual analyses and interpretations that are informed by relevant published criticism.
  • Research relevant criticism in sustained analyses and interpretations of specific works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
  • Synthesize current theory and practice in the study of Gothic literature.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

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Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures