Attendance is mandatory - both physical and mental. This means that whilein class you will work in a diligent and professional manner showing respectto your instructor and your peers. You are allowed three unexcused absencesonly. Any more than three unexcused absences will lower your grade by oneletter. You will be responsible for making up all assignments and being briefed on any presentation of material. Excused absences must bedocumented in writing and brought to my attention before class.Chronic tardiness is entirely unacceptable and will be punishable at mydiscretion
Participation will be evaluated in several ways. There will be weekly in-classinformal discussions where you will be divided into groups of 5 or 6 todiscuss a particular aspect of the visual and textual material. You must be anactive contributor to these discussions. Come prepared to class by having readthe material and have thoughtful input.
There will also be weekly assignments posted on the course’s blog
/where you will respond to a specific question I post or you will ask a questionabout the assigned texts. Please check the blog often for any updates, news,links and information about the class. Keep in mind that in many instances, inclass discussions will be related to your posts, so make sure your postsdemonstrate critical observation of the texts and films. You are allowed tomiss only 2 of the assigned posts during the whole semester without havingyour grade suffer.
Troubleshooting: If you are unable to access the website or cannotopen a document, please email me with enough anticipation so I cantake into account your comments and/or forward you the material.
Midterm: An in-class midterm will evaluate the student on concepts covered duringthe first half of the semester.
Oral Presentation: You will be divided in groups of 3 or 4 and present for 30-40minutes (10 minutes each) on the film assigned for that week. You must send me withanticipation (2 hours before class at the latest) an outline of your presentation. Allgroup members must participate equally in the making of the presentation. Althoughit will be up to you to meet outside of class, I may designate in some cases some classtime to coordinate work distribution among the group.
Final Paper: You will complete a 6-8 page final paper on material covered during thesecond half of the semester (you may also do for example, a comparative analysis ona film screened during the first half of the semester and one screened during thesecond). I encourage you to look over the material in anticipation and meet with meduring office hours to discuss the topic of the paper or email me any questions youmight have. You must submit the paper topic by November 30
at the latest and must