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2021-2022 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
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ENGL 447 - Film Criticism

Units: 4 ; Breadth Area: GE-UD-C
Study of films that focus on the work of U. S. and international writer-directors, emphasizing characterization, themes, cinematic techniques, and application of film theory and criticism.

Strongly Recommended Preparation: Upper division status (greater than 60 earned semester units) and completion of lower division Area D1-3 requirements.
Prerequisites: Completion of G.E. areas A1, A2, A3 and B4 with grade C-/CR or better.
Equivalent Quarter Course: ENGL 4745.
Possible Instructional Methods: Entirely On-ground, or Entirely Online, or Hybrid.
Grading: A-F grading only.
Breadth Area(s) Satisfied: GE-UD-C - Upper Division Arts or Humanities
Course Typically Offered: Spring ONLY

Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
  1. articulate informed ideas about the development of cinematic practices in the US and abroad;
  2. identify film techniques and structures using key terms of film analysis;
  3. explain the terminology and underlying assumptions of major branches of film criticism and theory;
  4. critique strengths and weaknesses of different theories and their uses in film criticism;
  5. use at least one theoretical perspective to analyze a film in a clear thesis-driven essay.

UD-C. Upper-division Arts or Humanities Learning Outcomes
  1. demonstrate an understanding of and ability to apply the principles, methodologies, value systems, and thought processes employed in the arts and humanities;
  2. analyze cultural production as an expression of, or reflection upon, what it means to be human; and
  3. demonstrate how the perspectives of the arts and humanities are used by informed, engaged, and reflective citizens to benefit local and global communities.

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