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Fall 2012

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HUM242 - Female Role in Film
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines how American films from 1920 to the present depict women in a variety of genres: melodrama, romance, comedy, film noir, etc. Studies how societal changes affected the way women were presented in Hollywood. 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 female roles in film from male roles, including but not limited to issues of plot, character development, dialogue, and cinematography;*
2.The history of at least three different eras/genres in order to interpret the roles women played on screen;
3.The effect male directors have had in their interpretation of the female role and at least four of the changes brought about by female directors;
4.At least two of the reasons early films do not offer significant positive female role models;
5.The shift in perspective and ideas which led to the current presentation of female roles in cinema;
6.At least three of the influences of the feminist movement in bringing about changes in the images of women in film mostly defined by men.

* 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.Introduction to basic concepts/key terms
II.Role of women in early/silent films
III.Women who served as "role models" in early films
IV.Women who were men's women-the Harlots
V.Women as comediennes
VI.Women as fighters
VII.Women as maiden/pinups
VIII.Women as sex stereotypes
IX.Women's roles in musicals
X.Women as prostitutes, etc. in the 80's
XI.Conclusion/summation



Effective Term: Fall 2012