FA 125 (Film Arts 125) World Cinema - Syllabus - Spring 2010
CRN # 21275  - 4 credits - Mon. & Wed. 10:15 - 11:55 am - DES 1
Instructor: Cora Agatucci
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FA 125: World Cinema  - Spring 2010

Brief Course Description from COCC 2009-10 Catalog: 
FA 125 - World Cinema
Introduction to comparative study of compelling feature films and their directors from around the globe, analyzing subject matter, theme, narrative genre, character, film style and technique as expressions of diverse cultural worldviews and distinctive artistic visions.  Credits: 4    Lecture: 4

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 (France, 1959; in French, with English subtitles; NOT Rated - Cora's guess: PG-13; Run time: 99 min.) 
Crime | Drama
(+ Coming-of-Age)
François Truffaut (b. 1932, Paris, France  - d. 1984, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France).

2. Pan’s Labyrinth / El Laberinto del Fauno (Mexico-Spain, 2006; in Spanish, with English subtitles; RATED R for violence & some language; Run time: 119 min.)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery | Thriller | War (+ Historical Fiction)
Guillermo del Toro (b. 1964, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico)

3. Gallipoli  (Australia, 1981; in English; Rated: PG; Run time: 110 min.) 
Adventure | Drama  (+ Comedy + Coming-of-Age & Buddy movie elements) | War (+ Historical Fiction)
     Director: Peter Weir (b. 1944, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)

X. Oscar and Lucinda  (Australia-United Kingdom-USA, 1997; in English; Rated: R; Run time: 132 min.)
Genres: Drama (+ Comedy) | Romance | + Historical Fiction elements
Gillian Armstrong (b. 1950, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

NOTE WELL:  One required film had to be deleted from our course plan, and we decided in class on Wed., 4/21/10, that Oscar and Lucinda would be deleted from the list of required films we'll study this term in FA 125.

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 sexuality; Run time: 113 min.)
Genres: Action (Chinese Martial Arts) | Adventure | Drama | Fantasy | Romance
Zhang Yimou, or Yimou Zhang
(b. 1951, Xi'an, Shaaxi, China)

5. Monsoon Wedding (India-USA-France-Italy-Germany, 2001; in English, Hindi, Punjabi, & Urdu, with English subtitles; RATED R for language, including some sex-related dialogue; Run time: 114 min.)
       Genres: Comedy (+ Drama) | Romance | + "Bollywood" Musical elements
Mira Nair
(b. 1957, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, India)

6. District 9  (New Zealand-South Africa, 2009; in English, Nyanja, Afrikaans & other indigenous South African languages, with English subtitles; Rated: R; Run time: 112 min.)
       Genres: Action | Science Fiction | Thriller | + Historical Fiction elements
     Director: Neill Blomkamp (b. 1979, Johannesburg, South Africa) 

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. 

To check out library reserve items: Bring your valid COCC student ID card to the Circulation desk on the main floor of the library during open library hours, and be prepared to reference the film title, course, and instructor in making your request to check out a library reserve item. 

(3) renting films  - at your own expense -  through local or online rental agencies for at-home viewing - if you have the means and at-home equipment necessary to do so.  Be aware, however, that NOT all required films are available for rental.

Required Readings

--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.
--Required Course Readings will be assigned weekly.  World Cinema students must be willing and able to access and complete most of these required course readings ONLINE by assignment deadlines.  While some required course readings will be provided to students as paper handouts distributed in class, other required course readings will be made available to students only ONLINE . . . posted on Cora's COCC World Cinema instructional web, via links to World Wide Web pages freely accessible on the internet, or posted in Cora's COCC password-protected Blackboard World Cinema course.

Other Requirements:

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. 

FA 125  *planned Assignments, Grading & Late Policies
All course assignments & activities are designed to help students achieve FA 125 Learning Outcomes.

110 pts.


FILM WORKSHEETS & IN-CLASS SEMINARS (see REV 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 Pan's Labyrinth)
  10 pts = In-Class Seminar #2/Group Report
(on Pan's Labyrinth)

  10 pts = Film Worksheet #3
(on Gallipoli)
  10 pts = In-Class Seminar #3/Group Report
(on Gallipoli)

  10 pts = Film Worksheet #4 (on House of Flying Daggers)
  10 pts = In-Class Seminar #4/Group Report
(on House of Flying Daggers)

  10 pts = Film Worksheet #5
(on Monsoon Wedding)
  10 pts = In-Class Seminar #5/Group Report
(on Monsoon Wedding)

  10 pts = District 9 Film Viewing (Brief In-Class Writing)
               BUT NO Worksheet #6
(on District 9)
  10 pts = In-Class Seminar #6/Group Report
(on District 9)

  10 pts = Film Worksheet #7
  10 pts = In-Class Seminar #7/Group Report
*NOTE WELL:  One required film had to be deleted from our course plan, and we decided in class on Wed., 4/21/10, that Oscar and Lucinda would be deleted from the list of required films we'll study this term in FA 125.

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 & return.
Make-Up of missed In-Class Seminars can NOT be guaranteed,
but may be possible IF the participation of at least  two other FA 125  students
(i.e. who also need to Make-Up a missed In-Class Seminar) can be arranged outside regular class time.

 30 pts.

TAKE-HOME MIDTERM FILM WORKSHEET (see REV Course Plan for deadlines)
  30 pts = Take-Home Midterm Film Worksheet

Late Take-Home Midterms will be accepted but will be penalized points.

 80 pts.

FINAL PROJECT assignments & Course Reflections/Survey
(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.

250 REV
220 pts.
≈ 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 earned ÷ pts possible), and points earned.
    Blackboard (Bb) Grade Center has been set to calculate course grades based on the following scale:

Course Percentage-to-Grade Conversion Scale

(total points earned ÷ total points possible)

= Course Grade
per COCC grading policy*

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:

(a) at the point in your papers where the borrowing occurs (using in-text and parenthetical citations for MLA style), and
(b) in a list of all sources cited given at the end of your written assignments, especially formal graded papers.

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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