Dec 02, 2023
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:
- articulate informed ideas about the development of cinematic practices in the US and abroad;
- identify film techniques and structures using key terms of film analysis;
- explain the terminology and underlying assumptions of major branches of film criticism and theory;
- critique strengths and weaknesses of different theories and their uses in film criticism;
- 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
- demonstrate an understanding of and ability to apply the principles, methodologies, value systems, and thought processes employed in the arts and humanities;
- analyze cultural production as an expression of, or reflection upon, what it means to be human; and
- 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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