FILM 120: Introduction to Film Studies
Description: This course introduces students to historical, technical, aesthetic, & cultural aspects of film. Students will acquire knowledge about film history, narrative, genre, and formal analysis as we study how films become meaningful for their audiences. Students will also be introduced to critical analytic methods used in the study of film production and reception. Although this course is designed as a general introduction to the discipline, it will also provide a foundation for students who wish to minor in Film Studies, or those who simply wish to pursue further course work in the discipline. Students will learn the vocabulary necessary for analyzing and writing about film through weekly writing assignments and discussions as well as the submission of one formal analysis paper. The course will include an examination of the following films: American Beauty; Citizen Kane; Cleo from 5 to 7; Do the Right Thing; The Gold Rush; Harlan County, USA; Night of the Hunter; North Country; Raging Bull; Raising Arizona; Rear Window; Requiem for a Dream; and Stagecoach.
For more information about this course, contact April Miller