Claudia L. Gorbman
Study of genre, the thematic classification of films (e.g. westerns, musicals) and television programming. Topics vary, but can include comedy, news/documentary, musical, and social-problem melodramas.
Spring 2007: The Western Focussing on the 1950s and beyond, a study of the Western and its resonances in American society and mythology.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
IMPORTANT NOTE: it is imperative for students to participate in all class meetings. Film screenings and discussions take place that cannot be 'made up.'
Class assignments and grading