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Alka Kurian
B CUSP 194
Bothell Campus

Introduction to Film

Provides an introduction to cinema as an artistic medium, as a source of entertainment, as a platform for cultural critique, and as a cluster of social institutions with significant political and economic power. Offered: A.

Class description

This course offers a close examination of classical film theory and performs an analysis of the film from, its social function and its overall effect. It will investigate a range of film theories, the various schools of thought on film, and the ways in which film theory and practice are interconnected. Students will be introduced to the basic elements of film language and key theoretical and critical approaches to understanding film. We will explore five key aspects of film construction: storytelling, editing, cinematography, mise-en-scene, and sound. Students will learn the meaning and language of film and its role in societies, and investigate the following questions: how does film differ from other forms of art, who are the people behind the camera, do films reproduce or transform reality, how does the audience respond to and is affected by films, and do notions of race, gender, and sexual orientation have any bearing on film and its audience? Over the course of the term, students will read a number of scholarly and theoretical texts and watch a range of films as examples.

Student learning goals

Demonstrate knowledge of the basic terminology of film language and theory.

Make a connection between film theory and practice.

Demonstrate their knowledge of the history of cinemas.

Discuss their personal reflections on films based on the above knowledge.

Demonstrate their skills in critical thinking, effective communication through writing and speaking, and collaborative work.

Acquire interdisciplinary skills in critical thinking, interdisciplinary research, collaborative work, writing, and oral presentation

General method of instruction

Short lectures, seminars, group work, work shops, film screenings

Recommended preparation


Class assignments and grading

Quizzes, Weekly Reflections, Essay, Group Presentation

Quizzes (30%), Essay (30%), Group Presentation (15%), Weekly Reflections (15%), Class Participation (10%)

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Alka Kurian
Date: 06/26/2013