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Cavallero – COMM 150.003 – Fall 2007 – Page 1 COMM150.003: ART OF CINEMA Fall 2002 (August 2007 – December 2007) Instructor: Jon Cavallero Office: 303A James Bldg Office Hours: W 1:00 – 5:00 (or by appt.) Email: [email protected] (preferred method of contact) Phone: 814-863-8909 Class Times: M 6:00-9:00 101 Thomas W 6:00-7:15 101 Thomas COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will explore the role popular films play in shaping and reflecting American cultural identity. It will acquaint you with works you probably have not seen and provide you with fresh insights into films you have seen through critical/historical analysis. We will explore films as market products, technical constructs, and cultural artifacts. Throughout the course, we will stress how popular films relate to the cultural, economical, and historical contexts that surround their production and reception. LEARNING OBJECTIVES: - Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of groups in a global society in relationship to communications. - Understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information. - Think critically, creatively, and independently. - Develop effective listening, note-taking, and writing skills. - Develop an understanding of media history and the theoretical models used to approach various media. READING : Requ ired Text : John Belton, American Cinema/American Culture (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1994) ASSIGNMENTS & GRADING : 1. Exam #1 (30% of your final grade) September 26, 2007 This exam is given during the final examination period, and consists of multiple choice, matching, and true/false questions focused on the readings, lectures, and screenings from the entire course. 2. Exam #2 (30% of your final grade) October 31, 2007 This exam is given during the final examination period, and consists of multiple choice, matching, and true/false questions focused on the readings, lectures, and screenings from the entire course.
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Cavallero – COMM 150.003 – Fall 2007 – Page 2 3. Exam #3 (40% of your final grade) TBA This exam is given during the final examination period, and consists of multiple choice, matching, and true/false questions focused on the readings, lectures, and screenings from the entire course. It is a cumulative exam! COURSE REQUIREMENTS: There will be three exams. The format for the exams will be objective (multiple choice, true/false, matching). The exam questions will cover all materials covered in class lectures, screenings, and readings . Attendance, therefore, is very important because the films will be covered in detail. Exam #1 is worth 30%; Exam #2 is worth 30%, and the Final Exam (which will be cumulative) is worth 40%. There will be review sessions and study guides before each exam (sometimes the review will take place during regular class times, sometimes it will be outside of class time and therefore optional), but these cannot substitute for attendance at the lectures/screenings. Note also that all scheduled screenings are subject to change.
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