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English 468: Film Studies
(Film Noir)

download film viewing worksheet

Summer 2, 2002
MTWRF: 12:30 - 2:30 PM

Professor: Mary AdamsOffice: Coulter 409
Telephone: 227-3921
Office Hours: MTWRF 9-10 or by appointment
E-mail address:madams@wcu.edu

Course Description and Goals:

This class will focus on the genre of films loosely called "Film Noir" and "Neo-Noir," focusing on their meaning, history, and sensibility.

Course Policies:

  • Attendance: Each class day is equivalent to 2/3 of a week in a regular semester. After three absences, you will have missed the equivalent of two full weeks of a regular semester, so your final grade will be dropped one letter for each additional absence. It doesn't matter if your absences are excused or not, so please budget carefully and don't ask me to excuse you for family emergencies, court appearances, car accidents, illnesses, or anything else. Extreme or extensive tardiness could count as an absence. If you are absent on the day you are assigned minutes or are making a presentation, you should arrange for a substitute to avoid losing credit for that assignment.
    When will I mark you absent?
    • When you aren't here, no matter what your excuse is
    • When you are significantly tardy at least twice
    • When you leave before class is over
    • When I ask you to leave because you are disrupting class
  • TARDINESS: DON'T BE LATE (especially on the days on which we screen films in class)! See the section on "viewing etiquette" (below).
  • ACTIVE VIEWING and VIEWING ETIQUETTE: A number of films will be screened in class. You will not only need to be an active viewer, devoting "unusual attention" to (and noting) what you see, but you will need to be courteous to your classmates and professor. Nothing mars a viewing experience as much as unnecessary distractions (for example, talking and whispering; "heckling" and unwarranted comments; eating noisily; walking around; entering or leaving the classroom once a film has started). You will lose participation points if you distract others or don't pay close attention.
  • Missed assignments. I hold you responsible for assignments made in class whether you are here or not. Ask classmates for the assignments. I will never consider "I didn't know" a valid excuse.
  • Academic Dishonesty is defined as: An intentional act of deception in which a student seeks to claim credit for the work or effort of another person or uses unauthorized materials or fabricated information in any academic work. Students are expected to be honest and ethical in their academic work. Academic dishonesty includes:
    • CHEATING- use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information or study aids OR an act of deceit by which a student attempts to misrepresent mastery of academic effort or information. This includes unauthorized copying or collaboration on a test or assignment or using prohibited materials and texts.
    • FABRICATION- falsification or invention of any information (including falsifying research, inventing or exaggerating data and listing incorrect or fictitious references.
    • ASSISTING- helping another commit an act of academic dishonesty. This includes paying or bribing someone to acquire a test or assignment, changing someone's grades or academic records, or taking a test/doing an assignment for someone else (or allowing someone to do these things for you).
    • TAMPERING- altering or interfering with evaluation instruments and documents.
    • PLAGIARISM- representing the words or ideas of another person as one's own OR presenting someone else's words, ideas, artistry or data as one's own. This includes copying another person's work (including unpublished material) without appropriate referencing, presenting someone else's opinions and theories as one's own, or working jointly on a project, then submitting it as one's own.
  • Penalties for Academic dishonesty: Automatic failure on the assignment and possible failure for the course
Website: http://www.maryadams.net/eng468.htm
Use this web page to check assignments, download journal forms, follow links, and find academic resources. Since it is updated regularly, always hit "reload" after you access the site.
  • All required reading will be available online, on reserve, or in handout form.

Class Resources, Writing Guides, and other Links:

Grading: Description of scale

A  93-100

A-  90-92

B+  87-89

B  83-86

B-  80-82

C+  77-79

C  73-76

C-  70-72

D+  67-69

D  63-66

D-  60-62

F  0-59

Grade Breakdown:

  • Quizzes: 15%
  • Paper 1 15%
  • Paper 2 25%
  • Midterm 10%
  • Final 20%
  • Participation 10%
  • Film viewing sheets 5% (collect to hand in at end of semester)

Quizzes: You should expect a quiz every day that an out-of-class film is due, and occasionally after an in-class film. Use this guide to take notes while watching films so that you can prepare for quizzes and exams.

Exams: The exams will lbe divided into an essay portion (50%) and a short answer portion (50%).

Final examinations during class, on the last day (August 7)

Does Participation Count? Participation counts for 10% of your grade. In addition, those who consistently prepare for class and participate in discussion will get credit if they are on the border between two grades. Those who aren't prepared when I call on them or haven't done the reading will receive 1/2 absence. Those who don't have the book in class will be asked to leave and marked absent.

Computer Policies:

  • Because I will use your WCU email address to contact you, make sure it is active. If you use another account, forward your WCU email to that account (consult the computer center in basement of Forsythe with questions). I will hold you responsible for information contained in my emails.
  • We will use the online syllabus. Check it frequentlly for changes. Remember to always hit reload. You must have access to the online syllabus to do your journal entries.
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