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Baker fms468-Syllabus-Fall1-2010-1 - FMS 468 Crime and...

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FMS 468 Crime and Violence in American Film Professor : Dr. Aaron Baker Emai l: [email protected] Office : LL-645 Office Hours : By Appointment Course Description: Crime and violence have been central elements of American cinema throughout its history. Popular critic Roger Ebert has commented that “More than anything else, the American movie audience loves violence.” In this course we will address three primary aspects of crime and violence in American film: 1) the limits placed upon them by the Production Code, and how and why those restrictions were relaxed; 2) how the depiction of crime and violence in American movies conveys attitudes in our society about their causes and the best responses to these problems; and 3) theories about the effects on audiences of viewing crime and violence in films. Although this course is web delivered, it is neither automated nor self-paced. You are expected to engage in all learning tasks and attend threaded discussions on the eBoard. To access the class website and eBoard, you can use your personal computer, one in the library, and/or computer labs at ASU. Check the class website for a list of these labs and their hours of operation. Reading : There are two required texts that you need to buy for this class: 1) the FMS 468 Textbook from Pearson Publishing and 2) Walter Mosely’s novel Devil in a Blue Dress . You can buy Mosely’s novel either at the ASU bookstore or from an online distributor such as Amazon.com . It will take at least two weeks to arrive, so be sure to order well before class begins. I will send you more information on how to purchase the Pearson textbook in the first informational e mail three weeks before the class begins. Screenings : You are responsible for screening one film per lesson. You can purchase the titles through Amazon (or another on-line distributor) or rent them at your local video store or from Netflix . Several are available at the ASU library . Don’t watch these films for entertainment; watch them for study. Take notes and view the screenings numerous times. The screenings also form the basis of both online discussions and the essay assignments. Academic Dishonesty : In order to avoid plagiarism, your papers must provide full citations for all references: direct quotes, paraphrased, summaries, or borrowed ideas. While you are encouraged to develop your thinking with your peers, you cannot use their material without citing it.
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