CINE 18 American Cinema

Course Syllabus

CINE 18

American Cinema

Online 9/03/2019 – 12/20/2019

Fall 2019

Instructor: Ingrid Schulz

Contact: ISchulz@ccsf.edu

Please contact me via Canvas Inbox.

I will respond to Inbox queries within 48 hours (M-F)

Course Description

An introductory course in film studies examining the history and development of Hollywood and the movie business and their sustained influence on American culture. The tools of cinematic grammar in creating a universal visual language are also explored.


Student Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

· Define American cinema's history from the silent era to present day movies and identify its influence on changing cultural preferences.

· Compare and contrast how developing film technology influences aesthetics.

· Recognize how the tools of camera angles, lighting, editing and sound create a universal cinematic grammar.

· Appraise and assess directing styles and popular genres employed by American filmmakers over the course of cinematic history.

Assignments

Our class starts at 8 am, 9/03/2019 and ends 12/20/2019. All subsequent lessons will begin on Monday mornings at 1am.

The course consists of seventeen Modules. The class covers about one Module each week, although check the schedule for some weeks that include two modules. Each week, you will be able to read material, watch films, and complete assignments for each module beginning Monday morning. Each module closes the following Sunday night, at 11:59 pm. No late submissions. No exceptions.

Each module requires a minimum of about 6 hours of work per week. You will fall behind if you do not plan ahead and complete the work throughout each week. You will not be able to watch a feature film, complete 40-50 pages of reading (and take a quiz on the reading) and complete a discussion post/response post each week if you wait until the weekend to complete the work.

ONE typical module involves the following time commitment:

1. Read from textbook (1 hour)

2. Complete all Readings and Screenings posted in each module (1.5 hour)

3. View the required Feature Film for the module (2 hours, on average)

4. Take a short quiz (15 minutes)

5. Write and Post to the discussion board (1 hour)

6. Reply to a post from another student on the discussion board (15 minutes)

All quizzes are multiple choice and consist of 5 questions. You will have 10 minutes for each weekly quiz. Both the midterm and final consist of 25 multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank questions and a short essay questions for the midterm and final. You will have 45 minutes to complete the midterm and 45 minutes to complete the final. A study guide will be distributed on Canvas one week before the midterm and final. The study guides will contain the essay questions for the midterm and final, so you can write your essays in advance and then paste them into the test's text box in Canvas during the test. The midterm covers Modules 1-8 and the final covers Modules 10-17.

Recent Announcements will also appear on the course home page. Keep an eye on the “Announcements” link on the left side of the course homepage.

The class requires a minimum of about a considerable amount of time per week. You will fall behind if you do not plan ahead and complete the work throughout each week.

Weekly Discussion Post & Response Post(s) (50% of Final Grade - /45)

Quizzes (20% of Final Grade - /70)

Midterm (10% of Final Grade - /100)

Final (20% of Final Grade - /100)

Required Textbook

American Cinema/American Culture (5th Edition) by John Belton

Dropping the Class

If you decide to discontinue this course, it is your responsibility to officially drop it to get a refund, avoid a W symbol, or to get a W symbol instead of a letter grade. The instructor may drop any student who does not log into the class for a period of more than one week and/or does not complete work in the class for an entire week. Students who do not complete work for Module 1-3 may be dropped.

Pass‐No Pass (P/NP)

You may take this class P/NP. You must decide before the deadline, and add the option online with Web4 or file the P/NP form with Admissions and Records. With a grade of C or better (70 or better), you will get a P. Any grade 69 or below (a D or worse) will result in a NP.

You must file for the P/NP option. Once you decide to go for P/NP, you cannot change back to a letter grade.

Instructor Announcements

I will post announcements on the “Announcements” page in Canvas throughout the semester. Canvas notifies students according to their preferred Notification Preferences (Links to an external site.) Links to an external site. as soon as the instructor creates an Announcement. If you wish to receive announcements in your email, make sure your Notification Preferences are set accordingly.

Attendance

Students who fail to log-in to an online class after the first week may be dropped from the class. It is strongly advised that if you need to miss more than one class/homework deadline in a row that you contact me. Students who do not complete work for Module 1-3 may be dropped.

Late Policy

Late assignments cannot be accepted except in severe circumstances. You will not receive any points for late work.

Midterm/Final

There will be a midterm and final in this course. The midterm and final will consist of multiple choice questions, fill-in-the-blank questions, and a short essay. A study guide for the final will be available in the Overview sections in the Midterm and Final Modules (once they open).

Grading Policy

Visit “Grades” in Canvas to keep track of your grades. Assignment are graded within 7-10 days of posted deadlines.

If taking Pass/No Pass you need at least 70% of the total class points to receive a P.

An “F” grade indicates that a student attended, participated and completed the course but failed to master the course curriculum.

An “FW” grade indicates the student stopped attending a course after the “last day to withdraw” deadline and subsequently did not submit any work or participate in any discussions (i.e. stopped completing assignments and/or logging into Canvas). Please check with your counselor and financial aid advisor for possible implications of the FW grade on residency and financial aid status.

No (I) Incomplete grades will be given in this course.

Grading:

Weekly Discussion Post & Response Post(s) (50% of Final Grade - /45)

Quizzes (20% of Final Grade - /70)

Midterm (10% of Final Grade - /100)

Final (20% of Final Grade - /100)

Late assignments cannot be accepted except in severe circumstances. You will not receive any points for late work. Also, please keep an eye on the “Announcements” link on the left side of the course homepage. Recent Announcements will also appear on the course home page.

Final Grades %

100-90 = A

89-80 = B

79-70 = C

69-60 = D

< 59 = F


Standards of Conduct

Students who register in CCSF classes are required to abide by the CCSF Student Code of Conduct. Violation of the code is basis for referral to the Student Conduct Coordinator or dismissal from the course or CCSF. See the Office of Student Affairs and Wellness.

Collaborating on or copying of tests or homework in whole or in part will be considered an act of academic dishonesty and result in a grade of 0 for that test or assignment. I encourage students to share information and ideas, but not their work.

Academic Integrity

Citing Sources

List of Assignments

To view all course content, go to Canvas Modules.

Special Needs

If you need accommodations because of a disability please email me as soon as possible. Students seeking disability related accommodations are encouraged to also register with Disabled Students Programs and Services located in Room 323 of the Rosenberg Library (415) 452-5481. Please see the DSPS website for more information and alternate locations.

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Course Schedule

(For Module updates, see Canvas)


Module 1 Introduction

Module 2 Early American Cinema

READING:

Belton, Chapter 1 “The Emergence of the Cinema as an Institution” (pp. 3-19)

RECOMMENDED READING:

Belton, Chapter 6 “Silent Film Melodrama” (pp. 115-130)

SCREENING:

Sunrise (F. W. Murnau, 1927)


Module 3 Hollywood Narration

READING:

Belton, Chapter 2 “Classical Hollywood Cinema: Narration” (pp. 20-40)

SCREENING:

Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)


Module 4 Hollywood Style

READING:

Belton, Chapter 3 "Classical Hollywood Cinema: Style" (pp. 41-59)

SCREENING:

Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock, 1943)


Module 5 The Studio System

READING:

Belton, Chapter 4 “The Studio System” (pp. 60-79)

SCREENING:

All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950)


Module 6 The Star System

READING:

Belton, Chapter 5 “The Star System” (pp. 80-112)

SCREENING:

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks, 1953)


Module 7 The Musical

READING:

Belton, Chapter 7 “The Musical” (pp. 131-150)

SCREENING:

The Sound of Music (Robert Wise, 1965)


Module 8 American Comedy

READING:

Belton, Chapter 8 “American Comedy” (pp. 151-181)

SCREENING:

Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938)


Module 9 Midterm

SCREENING:

Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016)


Module 10 The War/Combat Film

READING:

Belton, Chapter 9 “War and Cinema” (pp. 182-207)

SCREENING:

The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick, 1998)


Module 11 Film Noir

READING:

Belton, Chapter 10 “Film Noir: Somewhere in the Night” (pp. 208-227)

SCREENING:

Laura (Otto Preminger, 1944)


Module 12 The Western

READING:

Belton, Chapter 11 “The Making of the West” (pp. 228-255)

SCREENING:

The Revenant (Alejandro G. Iñárritu, 2015)


Holiday Recess. Thanksgiving. College Closed.


Module 13 Horror/Sci-Fi Films

READING:

Belton, Chapter 12 “Horror and Science Fiction” (pp. 256-280)

SCREENING:

Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013)


Module 14 1960s Counterculture

READING:

Belton, Chapter 15 “The 1960s: The Counterculture Strikes Back” (pp. 321-341)

SCREENING:

Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper, 1969)


Module 15 The Film School Generation

READING:

Belton, Chapter 16 “The Film School Generation” (pp. 342-363)

SCREENING:

Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)


Module 16 Into the 21st Century

READING:

Belton, Chapter 17 “Into the Twenty-First Century” (pp. 364-397)

SCREENING:

The Martian (Ridley Scott, 2015)


Module 17 Final

SCREENING:

It Follows (David Robert Mitchell, 2014)

Important Dates

Sept 6

Last day to add full-term classes and change sections in person & on the web.

Last day to drop full-term coursework units without a "W" appearing on students' academic record.

Last day to add online using WEB 4

Sept 11

Last day to drop in order to receive a 50% (half) non-resident tuition and capital outlay fee refund.

Sept 19

Last day to request pass/no (P/NP) grading option, where available for all full-term courses.

Oct 3

Last day to apply for an Associate in Arts, or an Associate in Science Degree. Last day to apply for an Award of Achievement or Certificate of Accomplishment. You must see a counselor before submitting your petition.

Last day to apply for an Associates in Arts or an Associates in Science Degree.

Last day to petition for an Award of Achievement or Certificate of Accomplishment. You must see a counselor before submitting your petition.

Oct 15

Flex Day College Open. No Classes Held.

Oct 18

End of Mid-Term Period

Oct 29

First day Mid-Term grades available on WEB 4

Nov 7

Last day for student/instructor initiated withdrawals and Change of Section for the same department

Last day to process Change of Course Section Request

Nov 11

Holiday, Veterans Day (College Closed, No Classes Held)

Nov 28 - Dec 1

Holiday, Thanksgiving (College Closed, No Classes Held)

Dec 12

Last day for students to fulfill requirements to remove an incomplete grade received in the previous semester.

Dec 14-15

Final examinations Saturday and Sunday

Dec 16-20

Final examinations for day and evening classes

Jan 4, 2020

Final grades available on WEB 4

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If this syllabus changes, student will be notified in advance.

This course was created by Professor Kevin Sherman.