Sep 18, 2020  
Spring 2020 Update 
Spring 2020 Update [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

COM (0108) 331 - Major Genres

Credits: 3.00

Students will analyze genre movies from cinematic and thematic perspectives.  These movies will be drawn from the same genre—possibly gangster movies, musicals or horror films—from different eras.  Students will have assigned readings on the cultural meanings of the genres as well as of the individual films.

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:
•    understand what is meant by “genre” in film;
•    identify and explain the thematic and cinematic essentials of the particular genres covered during the semester;
•    explain the historical evolution of each genre and relate the stage of evolution of that genre to what was happening in the world at the time of its creation,
•    and apply the wisdom of the genre’s messages to their own opinions about life.   
Students will demonstrate that they have achieved the desired goals through their:
•    locating and articulating key examples of genre in discussions, weekly postings, two exams and one final paper; 
•    locating and articulating why the thematic and cinematic aspects of a particular film belong to a particular genre;
•    articulating how a particular genre is connected to its particular era, 
•    and locating and articulating in discussions, postings, and final papers how the perspective of a particular movie has influenced the students’ own perspectives.