WritingaboutFilm_Syllabus_A - 1/14 English 1102 Composition...

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1/14 English 1102 – Composition II Writing about Film (Visually Speaking) in a Global Era Fall 2009 Section A: MWF 9:05-9:55 Skiles 371 Contact information Instructor: Manuel A. Pérez Tejada Office hours: MWF 12:00pm-1:00pm and by appointment Office location: Skiles 303 Office phone number: 404.894.2738 Email: [email protected] (best way to contact me) Course Description English 1102 at Georgia Tech is a rigorous and writing-intensive seminar that requires students to complete substantial critical reading and writing assignments and to participate actively in classroom discussions. The course culminates with a research project in which students identify a topic, locate and review relevant sources, and compile a working bibliography. Throughout the semester, students will work with peers and instructor in both traditional classrooms and virtual environments to share ideas, evaluate arguments, and polish their prose. English 1102 prepares students for their later work at Georgia Tech by teaching them how to conduct Web-based and library research projects, assess their results, and present those results in formal written and oral arguments. In this section of English 1102, we will critically analyze movies under the framework of past and present discussions in film studies. From the film industry to film genres to issue of race, ethnicity and identity, we will discuss the changes and continuities within cinema as an institution and how cinema has contributed to our understanding of the world. By looking at the texts and contexts of fiction and non-fiction films, students will elaborate arguments on old and new industry strategies, film styles, and representations of cultures and identities. We will cover the fundamental cinematic concepts to produce critical analyses and arguments in writing and on video. Class assignments include writing film responses on blogs, participating in discussions, presentations, short video productions, essays, and a multimedia project. Learning Outcomes At the end of the semester, students should be able to demonstrate the following skills: Analyze a text according to purpose, audience, and other rhetorical concerns. Respond logically, rather than react emotionally, to texts that reflect the writers’ diverse backgrounds and values. Demonstrate an ability to use and analyze an effective individual writing process. Focus a topic appropriate to the audience, purpose, voice, and length of assignment. Formulate a clear and concise thesis statement, main point, focus, or claim. Develop, evaluate, and use evidence to support a claim. Use effective organization strategies in support of a thesis, focus, main point, or claim. Write an essay that demonstrates a command of unity, coherence, continuity, and development.
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2010 for the course CS 1371 taught by Professor Stallworth during the Spring '08 term at Georgia Tech.

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