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 Course Title:   Introduction to Film: D

 Title Abbreviation:   INTRODUCTION TO FILM: D

 Department:    ENGL

 Course #:    115

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    500602

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014


 Course Description  

A survey of the history of film and the development of cinematic technique. Course includes written and oral analysis of selected works.

 Prerequisite  

None

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Humanities  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU Not evaluated
U of W T
WSU TX
WWU THEAT 201

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the major historical and technological developments in film
  2. Recognize and be able to apply different critical approaches to understanding films.
  3. Develop and use vocabulary of cinematic terms necessary for the understanding and discussion of film meaning.
  4. Understand the elements of mise-en-scene and film editing and how these create film meaning.
  5. Develop the visual and listening skills necessary to analyze and discuss films.
  6. Relate films to their cultural heritage and historical context.
  7. Through viewings, reading, and discussion, be able to understand different points-of view, perspectives, cultures, and values and articulate these.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.3 Identify and evaluate the relationships among different perspectives within a field of study and among different fields of study.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.
3.4 Produce academic and/or professional writing and integrate it into written and spoken projects.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and issues associated with the diverse perspectives of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and culture.
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.2 Demonstrate knowledge of aesthetic principles.
7.3 Use knowledge of creative processes and aesthetic principles to understand humans and the world around them.
7.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the role of arts and creative expression in societies.

Course Contents

  1. Film history: General history of the development of the technology of film and sound, development and decline of studio production, cultural an historical contexts.
  2. Film techniques: Mise-en-scene (sets, etc. as well as shot composition), editing techniques, shot sequencing, synchronous and non-synchronous sound and the relationship of these to narratives and narrative meaning.
  3. Film analysis: The application of historical, cultural, and technical elements to the analysis of specific films.