2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Jul 12, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

HUM 250 - American Cinema


Description: Survey of American film as an art form, an industry, and a system of representation and communication. Technical, aesthetic, and cultural aspects of cinema and the reading of film as a means for communicating American ideals, values and attitudes. This course is cross-listed with THR 250 .

Prerequisites: ENG 101  or ENG 103 . Reading Proficiency.

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. Development of the American film industry
  2. Film vocabulary
  3. Cinematic art and technology
  4. Hollywood film genres
  5. Film analysis and critique

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Identify the key events of American film history from the silent cinema to the present day. (1)
  2. Use the basic technical and critical vocabulary of motion pictures. (2) 
  3. Analyze the relationship between the technologies of cinema and film art. (3)
  4. Explain the role of genre in American film history as it relates to the expression of American ideals, values and idenity. (4)
  5. Analyze and critique American films. (5) 

Required Assessment:
  1. Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 2500 words.