Film Genre Studies

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.

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.

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