FILM 353


Document Type

Course Change

Publication Date

Fall 2008


KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2008-2009 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM DATE OF SUBMISSION: September 18, 2008 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: FILM STUDIES; L. BENAQUIST PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Jiwon Ahn (jahn@keene.edu) PROPOSED ACTION: Course Addition CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: N/A PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: FILM 353 Cinema and Diversity PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course invites students to consider films in their social, economic, and historical contexts of production and reception. By surveying key critical ideas, students will recognize political issues in filmic representations and gain an understanding of how power functions in the reproduction of social boundaries and cultural differences through cinema. Pre-requisite: FILM 270 and 271. Fall. LEARNING OUTCOMES: 1) Students will learn key terms and major debates in ideological film criticism. 2) Students will be able to interpret film texts in relation to their historical, political, and socio-cultural contexts of production, circulation and reception. 3) Students will gain a clear understanding of how cinema functions in the reproduction of dominant value system in a society and start thinking about the implications of their own filmmaking and/or critical writing on film within our society. RATIONALE: Responding to the negative impact of films made without an awareness of the social and political functions of cinema, Film faculty came to an agreement that it is crucial to educate our Film majors to gain a clear understanding of the relationship between cinema and the historical world around it. Since this course will further strengthen our major and enrich our curriculum, the Film faculty proposes that this course be included in the catalog as part of core requirement for all film majors. RESOURCES: No additional staffing needed. ADVISORY OPINIONS: N/A


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FILM 353