345-101-MQ, Thinking through Film
This course is designed to provide students with a framework for critically viewing films. How images in film are put together, used and understood in both dramatic and documentary film can tell us a lot about how we gain knowledge about ourselves and our culture. In this course we will develop our own theoretical framework drawing from a range of disciplines including film studies, sociology, and history. We will then use our framework to critically analyze films. We will particularly look at the way men, women, and various racial and cultural groups are represented in feature film in North America. Students will move beyond the entertainment aspect of films and begin to watch movies thoughtfully and critically, which they will demonstrate in written assignments and in class discussions.