Student learning goals
The emphasis is on surveying a variety of Greek films (various genres, styles, filmmakers, eras, etc.) to give students the broadest exposure to the richness, depth and variety of Greek cinema. Students should walk away from the class being much more critically versed in the nature and scope of Greek cinema, its relationship to society and its expression of Greek culture in general and gender relations, city-urban tensions and other social divisions within Greek society. Students should also have developed a sophisticated vocabulary about the social impact of Greek films so as to better analyze perceptions of the country in a more "globalized" reality today.
General method of instruction
Students will observe between 10-12 films during the quarter, the number depending on their availability and relevance to the discussion. Students will regularly critic each film viewed from generally two perspectives: 1)How does the film broaden our understanding of Greek culture? and 2)On what basis does the film and its techniques promote or hinder social unity and tolerance within Greek society? In addition, there will be in-class presentations, 3 blue-book quizzes and a final paper.
It is recommended that students regularly read the online edition of "Athens News" (www.athensnews.com/) for a quality introduction into Greek society.
Class assignments and grading
Weekly writing reports, 3 bluebook quizzes, presentations and a final paper make up the main assignments in this class.
I use the 400 point scale, the range is between 256-400 points. Anything below 252 is considered a 0.0.