FA 125 (Film Arts 125) World Cinema
- Syllabus -
CRN # 21275 - 4 credits - Mon. & Wed. 10:15 - 11:55 am - DES 1
Instructor: Cora Agatucci
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FA 125: World
- Spring 2010
Description from COCC 2009-10 Catalog:
Film Arts 125: World Cinema is a new transfer course approved by COCC Academic Affairs Curriculum Committee in 2009 for general education "Distribution Courses" listing among "Humanities Distribution course options" and may be taken to satisfy humanities distribution general education requirements for COCC AAOT & other degrees and certificates.
Recommended prerequisites: NONE. FA 125 is a first-year college introductory course. COCC students with college-entry level critical thinking, reading, and writing skills are best prepared to succeed in FA 125, as in other college-entry level transfer general education distribution courses. Previous coursework in cross-cultural, film, literature, or related studies is obviously helpful but NOT REQUIRED.
Required Film Viewings (Revised 4/24/10):
1. The 400 Blows / Les Quatre cents coups
in French, with English
subtitles; NOT Rated - Cora's guess: PG-13; Run time: 99
2. Pan’s Labyrinth
/ El Laberinto del Fauno
in Spanish, with English subtitles;
RATED R for violence & some language; Run time: 119
1981; in English; Rated: PG;
Run time: 110 min.)
4. House of
Flying Daggers / Shi mian mai fu
(China-Hong Kong, 2004;
in Mandarin, with English subtitles; RATED
PG-13 for sequences of stylized martial arts violence, and some
Run time: 113 min.)
in English, Hindi, Punjabi, & Urdu, with English subtitles;
RATED R for language, including some sex-related
Run time: 114 min.)
Zealand-South Africa, 2009; in English,
Nyanja, Afrikaans & other indigenous South African languages, with
English subtitles; Rated: R; Run time: 112 min.)
7. One Additional "World Cinema" Film (approved by Cora) for Final Project
World Cinema students are NOT required to purchase
or rent DVD's
of the above primary film texts - NOR
the expensive equipment necessary for at-home viewing.
Instead, World Cinema students may satisfy film viewing requirements by
. . .
(1) attending regular and extended class meetings during which film viewings are scheduled in Des Chutes Room 1;
(2) viewing films (in DVD or videotape format) in the Bend campus COCC Barber Library. Most required films will be placed on library reserve and may be checked out for a maximum of 3 hours for in-library viewing on library equipment during open library hours.
--NO required textbook/s must be purchased for this class,
simply because there are no suitable textbooks currently
available in print. This does NOT mean that no readings will be required for
this course; it just means that Cora has had to assemble or write this
term's required course readings herself.
Academic Calendar & Final Exam Schedule for 2009-10:
Adhere to COCC Student
Rights and Responsibilities
FA 125 WORLD CINEMA Course Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
Learning Outcome 1. Define World Cinema and explain the value of cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approaches to comparative study of world films and directors.
Learning Outcome 2. Provide accurate "filmographical" information on selected world films and directors, and demonstrate understanding of key information provided in a "filmography" especially important to World Cinema studies.
Learning Outcome 3. Identify and apply relevant "contextual" background information (e.g. aesthetic*, biographical, cultural, historical, geographical, national, political, religious, socio-economic, etc.) significant to analyzing and understanding selected world films and directors. [Relevant *aesthetic background information might include the director's film history, influences and/or theory.]
Learning Outcome 4. Demonstrate and apply relevant knowledge of principal elements of narrative fiction and film story-telling (such as genre, theme, plot, character, point of view, setting, symbol, cinematography, shot types, editing, mise-en-scene, music, sound design) significant to analyzing and understanding selected world films and their directors' distinctive film styles.
Learning Outcome 5. Apply useful insights gained from viewing "primary" works (films) and from reading "secondary" works of film criticism to analyze and understand selected world films and directors; and, in doing so, avoid plagiarism by appropriately citing summaries, paraphrases, and direct quotations from course and/or outside sources used.
Learning Outcome 6. Use comparison/contrast analysis to identify and explain significant similarities and differences among selected world films and/or their directors.
Learning Outcome 7. Extend and apply the knowledge and methods student has learned in this class to compiling a list of recommend sources, writing an analytical introduction, and developing a film study worksheet on a world film and director not already studied in this class.
Assignments, Grading & Late Policies
FILM WORKSHEETS & IN-CLASS SEMINARS
Course Plan for deadlines)
10 pts = Film Worksheet #1 (on The 400 Blows)
10 pts = In-Class Seminar #1/Group Report (on The 400 Blows)
10 pts = Film Worksheet #2 (on
10 pts = Film Worksheet #4
(on House of Flying Daggers)
10 pts =
District 9 Film Viewing
(Brief In-Class Writing)
Late Film Worksheet assignments
will be accepted but will be penalized points; also be aware
that late assignments receive low priority in Cora's heavy ongoing
grading workload so students should NOT expect speedy grading &
TAKE-HOME MIDTERM FILM WORKSHEET
Course Plan for deadlines)
30 pts = Take-Home Midterm Film Worksheet
Late Take-Home Midterms will be accepted but will be penalized points.
FINAL PROJECT assignments & Course
(see Course Plan for deadlines)
10 pts = Preliminary Draft of Final Project
10 pts = In-Class Seminar #6 (workshop on two other students' preliminary drafts)
50 pts = Final Project (i.e. Final Draft to be graded)
10 pts = Course Reflections/Exit Survey
NO LATE Final Projects will be accepted.
≈ 100 %
|Total Points possible based on *planned*/actual assignments|
Cora will be using Blackboard (Bb)
Grade Center to record scores students earn on individual graded
assignments & to calculate students’ overall course grades. Students
will be able to check their current record of assignments completed and
scores earned by clicking “View Grades” in our Bb
course Menu (Directions for how to access Blackboard & course grades
will be given in class). The first columns will show your overall course
grade to date, grade percentage (pts
and points earned.
Course Percentage-to-Grade Conversion Scale
= Course Grade
100 % – 93.0%
92.9% – 90.0%
89.9% – 87.0%
|86.9% - 83.0%||B|
|82.9% - 80.0%||B-|
|79.9% – 77.0%||C+|
|76.9% - 70.0%||C|
|69.9% – 60.0%||D|
|59.9% – 00.0%||F|
NOTE Percentage Cut-offs -
Cora does NOT "round up":
e.g. if you end up with 92.98%, your final course grade will be A-.
*COCC does NOT allow instructors to award final course grades
of A+, C-, D+, D-, F+ or F-
See also COCC Student Rights and Responsibilities
Proper in-text citations and complete bibliographical documentation of any and all sources that you quote, paraphrase, and/or summarize in your writing are required whenever you borrow the words, facts, and/or ideas of others. Not only direct quotations but also paraphrases (indirect quotation) and summaries must be cited. Note well that even putting others ideas into your own words (i.e. paraphrasing and summarizing) still means you are borrowing, and you need to give credit where credit is due. To avoid plagiarism, source(s) must be cited and documented, both:
Plagiarism—intended or not—is considered a violation of academic honesty and legal intellectual property rights. Plagiarism in any course writing assignment is grounds for an "F" on that assignment.
BUT DO NOT PANIC! Directions & models for citing your sources (using MLA style) in FA 125 assignments will be given and discussed further in class this term. Meanwhile, if you have questions or concerns, please see Cora to discuss.
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I look forward to working with and learning from you all this term! ~Cora
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