Spring08_Syllabus

Spring08_Syllabus - Spring 2008 Syllabus 1 English 1102/...

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Spring 2008 Syllabus 1 English 1102/ Sections A5, J2, P5 Sections and Locations: ENGL-1102-A5 - MWF 9:05 - 9:55 ENGL-1102-J2 - ENGL-1102-P5 - MWF 1:05 - 1:55 Mason 312 Instructor: Fernando Arenas. Office: 320 Skiles. Tel. (404) 894-0505 E-mail: fernando.arenas@lcc.gatech.edu Office Hours: M-W-F, 12:00-12:50 PM. Course Description: The goal of English 1102 at Georgia Tech is to improve students’ communication and research skills by focusing on the discipline of cultural studies. In this course students explore a variety of theoretical, critical, and filmic “texts” and engage in sustained research to understand the processes of culture-production and circulation. Working independently and collaboratively, students improve their composition skills while gaining a deeper understanding of audience, fundamental research practices, and the contexts that inform effective communication. To enhance their understanding of a variety of communication modes, students learn to expand and support their written work with oral presentations, and they explore visual as well as textual arguments. Additionally students learn how to improve their writing through their engagement with a variety of educational technologies. These particular sections of English 1102 will introduce students to research and writing techniques with a focus on the examination of a particular kind of filmmaking, the one variously described as “non-commercial,” “art-house” or simply “art cinema.” From the start of this mode of production in Post WWII Europe to its spread throughout several continents and national industries, a different kind of film experience has been offered to audiences as an alternative to the dominant American film tradition. In the course of the class, students will learn the basics of writing about film; they will be able to identify and discuss the most important narrative and expressive techniques of filmmaking in general, and they will learn how to conduct research and write about such topics as narrative modes, national cinemas, the notion of an auteur, film exhibition and distribution etc. All of this in the context of a selection of representative films and filmmakers from a variety of countries, historical times and movements in motion picture history of the post WWII era. 1
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Spring 2008 Syllabus 2 In the background of the course will be the questions: What is Art Cinema? How is this type of cinema artistic? How and why did it develop? How relevant is it for the current world? Screenings: The course includes weekly screenings scheduled outside of class time ( Mondays, 5 pm, Location TBA ). Students will be required to watch the films and write about them in a variety of formats. Attendance to the screenings is strongly encouraged, although it is not mandatory. However, you are required to view the films (all of which are available on video/DVD, at various rental
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