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English 468: Film Studies
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Summer 2, 2002
MTWRF: 12:30 - 2:30 PM
|Professor: Mary AdamsOffice: Coulter 409
Office Hours: MTWRF 9-10 or by appointment
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,
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
Class Resources, Writing Guides, and other Links:
- 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.
- 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
- 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.