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Fall 2012

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HUM147 - Popular Cinema
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines the popular genres of feature films, including science-fiction, Westerns, spy and suspense films, musicals, horror and crime films. Explores the feature film as a reflection of contemporary society. Prerequisite: completion of the Genesee Community College reading proficiency.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, as documented by performance on semester objective exams, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

1.Conventions that distinguish the Major Genres of Popular Cinema from one another, including but not limited to issues of plot, character development, dialogue, and cinematography.*
2. At least three key events in popular film history.
3.The basic technical elements of Popular Film, including but not limited to lighting, editing, cinematography.
4.Four of the common genres of Popular Cinema.
5.Elements of the general culture (including but not limited to politics, mores, entertainment) as reflected in specific popular films from the past and present.
6.At least eight key directors since the beginning of Popular Cinema.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
I.The Western Tradition
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

II.The Gangster Era
White Heat

III.The Changing Face of the Mystery
Citizen Kane

IV.The Comic Sensibility
Some Like it Hot
It Happened One Night
Swing Time
Singing in the Rain

V.The Advent of Horror
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Shining

VI.The Rise of Modern Drama
Written on the Wind
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Effective Term: Fall 2012