The Writing Studio (http://www.writingstudio.gsu.edu/) -- Provides advice and tutoringin composition
Student Support Services (http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwsss/) -- Offers a variety of services, including tutoring, career counseling, and support groups
If you have specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities that you believe may requireaccommodations for this course, please meet with me after class or during my office hours todiscuss appropriate adaptations or modifications that might be helpful to you. The Office of Disability Services (http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwods/) can provide you with information andother assistance to manage any challenges that may affect your performance in coursework.
There are five primary assignments for the semester. We will talk about each in more detail asthe due dates approach.1)
Short Essays: There are six short writing assignments spaced throughout the semester (see the final page of this syllabus). Each short essay is worth 5% of your overall grade,and the essays together comprise 30% of your overall grade.2)
Quizzes: At random times throughout the semester, I will distribute a total of five shortquizzes to the class. These quizzes are designed to test your comprehension of theassigned reading and/or film for the day. If you are absent on a day on which a quiz isgiven, that quiz cannot be made up. The quizzes are worth 10% of your overall grade.3)
Film Clip Presentation: Groups of two people will present and discuss the cinematicaspects of a film clip of their choosing. The presentations should focus on the particular aspects of cinema we are studying (editing, cinematography, etc.) and should relate to thetopic of discussion for the day. Your presentation should (1) focus on a brief clip from afilm of your choice –
clips should be
no more than two or three minutes;
(2) provide areading of the clip focusing on the topic of the class discussion (editing, etc.); (3) drawconclusions as to how your clip is representative of the larger issues we are discussing;and (4) provide further questions for class discussion. There will be one presentation atthe beginning of every class session, and you should think of your presentation as a lead-in to the topic of discussion for the day. Your group should meet with me at least a week prior to your presentation to discuss what you are going to present. The presentation isworth 10% of your overall grade.4)
Midterm Exam: You will be responsible for completing a take-home midterm exam.The exam is designed to test you on the material we have covered in class up to themidpoint, and you will have one week in which to complete it. You will respond to twoquestions/prompts of your choice, selected from a list of several questions/prompts that Iwill provide to you. Each response should be
at least 750 words in length
(roughly 3double-spaced pages), resulting in a total of approximately 6 pages for the entiremidterm.
The midterm is due at the beginning of class on Friday, February 27
, andit is worth 20% of your overall grade.
Final Paper: This assignment builds off of the last short essay assignment. The final paper will be
7-8 pages in length
, and it is meant to showcase all you have learned thissemester. The paper should make use of all of our discussions about film criticism – filmic elements, essay construction, analysis, research, etc. – and it will require a research