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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: COMM 324
Course Title: Film Styles and Genres: (specific topic)
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: An intensive study of a specific body of films grouped by similarities in style, genre, period or cultural origin. Emphasis is on historical, theoretical and critical issues. Topics vary. Sample topics: Documentary film; film adaptation; film authors; independent film; movie musicals. Course may be taken more than once when topic varies. Prerequisite: COMM 314.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): COMM 314.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered even Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Documentary Film: A Primer
By Rollyson, Carl (iUniverse)
Hollywood Musicals: The Film Reader
By Cohan, Steven (Routledge)
Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film
By Biskind, Peter (Simon & Schulster Adult Publishing Group)
Film and Literature: An Introduction and Reader
By Corrigan, Timothy (Prentice Hall)
Course Objectives
  • To understand formal elements that link films together in style and genre.
  • To move beyond introductory knowledge of film vocabulary and analysis into advanced discussion of the medium.
  • To associate key theorists and practitioners within specified styles and genres.
    Measurable Learning
  • Recognize and articulate the evolution of cinema as an art form and the specific qualities of a particular style or genre.
  • Identify significant individuals involved in the evolution of a particular style or genre.
  • Develop advanced critical thinking and writing skills as they analyze film form and content.
  • Apply advanced level organizational and analytical skills when discussing film research.
  • Demonstrate advanced mastery of film production terminology and technique.
    Topical Outline: This course requires significant time for screening films, in addition to traditional lecture and discussion.

  • New American Independent Cinema (Example)
  • Cinema of outsiders
  • Regional cinema
  • New York School of Independent Film
  • Resurrection of Noir
  • Tackling taboos
  • Feminist sensibilities
  • Gay and lesbian film

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Amy Darnell Date: April 9, 2008
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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