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Fall 2012

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HUM240 - Horror in Films
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Traces our fascination with horror stories and explores certain formulaic horror sequences and images that have become staples of popular culture. Investigates the staying power of horror myths and legends (e.g. Dracula, Jeckyll and Hyde, and Frankenstein). Charts the transformation of real horror into artificial horror in an effort to distinguish between terror and horror. 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 written assignments and objective exams, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of conventions that distinguish horror from other film genres, including but not limited to issues of plot, character development, dialogue, and cinematography;
2. Analyze at least six key directors within the horror genre, including the distinctive characteristics of their films;
3. Distinguish between horror and terror, and explore the ways in which each is created and resolved;
4. Analyze the way that key horror films (for each of a minimum of four decades) act as an indicator of our fears and concerns as a society.*

* 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:
Chronology of films:
1. The Early Days

2. Monsters and Shapeshifters

3. The Advent of the Human Monster

4. Demons, Devils, and Slashers: The '70s and '80s

5. The Modern Horror Sensibilities

Effective Term: Fall 2012