Wednesdays (5:30-8:20 p.m.)
In this course we will view, discuss and write about a wide variety of films; we will also read about characteristics of the film medium and see how they apply to films studied in this course. emphasis will be on film aesthetics, film genres, history of the cinema and viewer responses to film.
Tests and Quizzes 40%
Weekly Assigments 40%
Film Attendance Paper 10%
Film Format Paper 10%
Class Conduct Requirements: Students are expected to be in attendance and on time for all class sessions. It is completely unacceptable to walk into this class late when a film is running. Cell phones should be turned off and put away. If any phone goes off during class or during a film you will be asked to leave. If this occurs a second time you may be dropped from the class. Do not infringe on the learning of others. You will make entries into a journal after each film or film clip that we watch. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to procure the film(s) and view them on your own time. I will not loan out any movies from my video library.
All homework assignments need to be turned in at the beginning of class. At 5:35 p.m. they are late and the appropriate points will be deducted.
This class meets once a week so any absence will affect the final grade. After the second absence, the professor may drop you from the class. In short, be in class and be on-time.
Plagiarism comes from the Latin word plagiarius, which means kidnapper. Webster’s defines plagiarize as to take (ideas, writings, etc.) from (another) and pass them off as one’s own.
Plagiarism includes deliberate as well as inadvertent failure to properly attribute: 1) material taken directly from a source (including work done by other students); 2) paraphrasing of a source; 3) use of the same or similar organizations of source material; 4) any submission that contains the thoughts or work of others. Copying of a substantial portion of material without acknowledgment is plagiarism and a violation of copyright law. Plagiarism applies to print sources, electronic/digital sources, and materials obtained through the internet.
Ignorance is no excuse. Do your own work. Violation of this policy will result in the student receiving a failing grade for the course. All students should refer to the MSU Student Handbook for university policies, student responsibilities, rights and activities. Students in this course are expected to follow the MSU Student Honor Code. Journals are NOT a group activity. Three students last semester failed this course because they worked together on their journals—that is plagiarism and it will not be tolerated.
Privacy: Federal Privacy law prohibits me from releasing information about students to certain parties outside the university. Thus, in almost all cases I will not discuss your academic progress, academic matters, or grades with anyone including your parents. Do not have them call me! You are college students and adults and therefore will be treated as such. Also, I will only correspond with you via email if your name is in the email address.
Final Caveat: The professor reserves the right to change any part of this syllabus for any reason. Sufficient notice will be given if changes to the syllabus are deemed necessary.