Jan 09 2008


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1. Course Description:

This course serves as both an introduction to film and an exploration of a topic, to be selected by the class. It explores cinema from formal and theoretical perspectives with the goal of enriching the students’ analytical skills and appreciation of film.

2. Pre/Co-requisites and other requirements: INGL 3202, INGL 3104, or INGL 3212

3. Course Objectives:

Students will learn the terminology and concepts of film (mise-en-scene, editing, etc.) and apply this knowledge in creative projects and/or analytical essays they propose and develop themselves. Via reading and watching excerpts from films, students will build their knowledge of the film topic under study. In class discussion, they will develop their abilities to think critically and creatively about the concepts presented and the films seen and they will apply these skills in a research paper and/or final film project.

4. Grading System: Each item listed below will receive a letter grade, numerically interpreted in the 4.0 scale.



Exams and Essays



Final Exam



Journal and Assignments


Attendance, Participation




5. Required Texts:

· Richard Barsam, Looking at Movies, 2nd edition. Available at Libreria Universal and online here.

· Additional materials will be placed online, in Reserve, or in the SAE.

6. Attendance Policy

Attendance is mandatory for this course. Students are expected to come to class all the time and always be on time. You must provide the appropriate documentation for an absence to be considered excused. I reserve the right to accept excuses. Excused absences and tardiness count as 1/2 of an unexcused absence, so make a point of always being in class and on time. Refer to chart below for consequences of absences.

Unexcused Absences

(or Equivalent)

Maximum Grade

in Course









6 and above


7. Academic Dishonesty

Plagiarism is a dishonest and in most cases an illegal act. Any use of someone else’s work as your own, and/or any undocumented use of sources in an essay and/or assignment will result in failure for that assignment. Essays obtained through the Internet or any other means and turned in as your own, even if modified, will result in an F in the course. Any case of academic dishonesty may be referred to the University’s Disciplinary Council.

8. According to Law 51

Students will identify themselves with the Institution and the instructor of the course for purposes of assessment (exams) accommodations. For more information please call the Student with Disabilities Office which is part of the Dean of Students office (Chemistry Building, room 019) at (787)265-3862 or (787)832-4040 extensions 3250 or 3258.