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The American Motion Picture

ENG 227W

The American Motion Picture

ENG 227W

Course Description

Prerequisite: READING LEVEL 3 and any approved College Composition I course with a minimum grade of C. Studies popular films, with major emphasis on American culture as reflected in the motion picture. Examines the effect of the images portrayed in motion pictures on the perception of American society and history; topics vary from semester to semester. Credit may be earned in only one of: ENG 227W, ENG 227CW, LIT 227W, LIT 227CW. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Analyze literature in the subject area.

Objectives:

  • Interpret the meanings of literary works using various theoretical approaches.
  • Identify various literary genres.
  • Demonstrate analytical understanding through writing.
  • Identify thematic content, reading films as texts, reflecting the American identity.

Participate in writing to learn activities.

Objectives:

  • Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  • Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  • Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.
  • Develop fluency in film criticism.

Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and historical context for this body of literature.

Objectives:

  • Describe how American film reflects the American culture at various historical moments of film production.
  • Contrast commercial vs. artistic value systems.
  • Explain how close examination of film genres enriches formal and cultural interpretation.