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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - HUM6588

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-08-29
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Note: Make title variable, with course repeatable up to 6 times (total of 18 hours)
Comments: removed from audit; re-entered in queue 10/25/11; to GC chair 5/4/12. for Am Studies Prog. GC appd 5/7/12. to USF Sys 5/15/12. to SCNS 5/23/12. Appd effectuve 8/1/12

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2410 2010-11-16
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Humanities and Cultural Studies AS 123700
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Andrew Berish X48841

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    HUM 6588 Themes and Genres in Film and New Media

    Is the course title variable? Y
    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)
    Themes/Genres in Film, New Med
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0





    Course Description

    Courses in "Themes and Genres" will focus on specific film styles, genres, and approaches such as horror, avant-garde cinema, and documentary. Students will explore the complex relationships between the formal properties of specific cinematic genres/style

  3. Justification

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

    Needed for program/concentration/certificate change

    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?

    Themes and Genres supports the MLA - Film Studies degree program. Themes and Genres provides the next level of elective, topic specific classes that support the core surveys of film history and theory. With two recent hires in film studies, the department has adequate resources to sustain this course and the larger masters program.

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

    Yes, 1 time

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

    PhD in Film Studies or related field.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    To help students master the history and critical discourse on selected film styles, genres, and tradition. To help students develop their own critical tools to analyze films formally and contextually.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to discuss the formal and discursive properties of selected film themes and genres. Students will be able to analyze selected films, drawing connections between the formal and the contextual. Students will be able to analyze and discuss the critical and academic discourse on the selected cinematic theme or genre.

    C. Major Topics

    Will vary. Eamples: horror, avant-garde, documentary, "art" film,

    D. Textbooks

    Will vary, but will always include a Course Reader with selected articles and essays.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Will vary.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Will vary but all classes will require substantial in-class participation in discussion. All classes will require a substantial research and analysis essay.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Will vary.

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Late work will be accepted and graded at the discretion of the professor.

    In all assignments, students are expected to explore their own personal ideas as generated by this course and supported by appropriate references to outside sources. Any signs of plagiarism (be it plagiarizing another student’s work or any other source) may result in a FF grade for the course.

    USF holds an account with an automated plagiarism detection service (SafeAssignment) that allows instructors and students to check assignments for plagiarism. I reserve the right to 1) request that assignments be submitted as electronic files and 2) electronically submit assignments to SafeAssignment or 3) ask students to submit their assignments to SafeAssignment through Blackboard. Assignments are compared automatically with a database of journal articles, web articles, and previously submitted papers. I receive a report showing exactly how a student’s paper was plagiarized. For more information about SafeAssignment and plagiarism, go to and click on Plagiarism Resources. For information about plagiarism in USF’s Undergraduate Catalog, go to

    J. Program This Course Supports

    MLA - FIlm Studies

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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