B CUSP 115
Addresses an important social issue through an interdisciplinary perspective, continues to build creative and critical skills, and focuses on the relationship between the individual and society. Offered: W.
Being a good researcher and writer is an integral part of being an effective filmmaker, media critic, and/or scholar. In this course we will focus on strengthening our research and writing skills in a variety of ways using the cinema as our focus. We will be expressing our knowledge through written essays and screenplays. Ultimately, we will tie scriptwriting and scholarship together by incorporating aspects of Classic Hollywood Narrative Structure into more traditional scholarly essays. This class is open to all levels of cineastes: from casual movie goers to serious cinephiles.
Student learning goals
1) Explore a variety of ways of critiquing media with an emphasis on understanding the differences between form and content as well as their relationship to one another.
2)Explain difference film genre conventions and tropes.
3)Understand media as an industry that actively shapes and influences society.
4)Explore different essay styles and types.
5)Employ the tenants of Classic Hollywood Narrative Structure in a short screenplay.
General method of instruction
Lectures, Film Screenings, Group Work
Interest in movies recommended.
Class assignments and grading
Screenplay, 2 Scholarly Essays, Peer Reviews, Participation