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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - HUM6586

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2010-09-23
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Approved by GC 5/4/09 - was pending concurrance - Received. To SCNS 9/2/10. Approved effective 10/1/10. Number changed from 6821 to 6586. Posted in banner

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2140 2008-12-29
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Humanities and Cultural Studies AS 123700
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Daniel Belgrad 9749388

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    HUM 6586 Film Theory

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Film Theory
    Course Online? Percentage Online



    Course Description

    This course emphasizes methodological issues in the analysis of films as cultural texts. Theoretical approaches include formalism, structuralism, genre theory, feminist theory, psychoanalysis, Marxism, and queer theory.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    This is a required course for the proposed new Film Studies track of the Master of Liberal Arts degree.

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This is a required course for the proposed new Film Studies track of the Master of Liberal Arts degree. There is strong interest among USF students in the humanities for more courses in film studies. The taxonomy that the National Research Council (NRC) has developed to assess U.S. research doctorate programs lists Film Studies as an emerging field in the Arts and Humanities (

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, once in the summer of 2007.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Ph.D. in Film Studies or related field.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Students will learn to analyze films as cultural artifacts by examining their formal elements and historical contexts and by applying concepts derived from such theoretical schools as Marxism, structuralism, genre theory, feminist theory, psychoanalysis, and queer theory.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students completing this course will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of major concepts, genres, auteurs, movements, and theories in film studies; and will be able to write a well-organized and theoretically informed analysis of the cultural meaning of a film in relation to its social and historical context.

    C. Major Topics

    Formalism and realism; auteur theory; structuralism and film; genre theory and film; queer theory and film; feminist and psychoanalytic approaches to film; Marxism, postcolonialism and film.

    D. Textbooks

    There are no textbooks for this course. Required readings are diverse scholarly articles and book chapters assembled by the instructor into a "course packet."

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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