Communication Studies CMNS 425

Communication Studies CMNS 425

Overview

Film and Genre look at the historical, economic, political and social factors that influence filmmaking, particularly genre films. The course explores the possibilities and the limitations of genres and looks at some of the criticism that has dealt with the area over the years. Two of the primary questions that recur throughout the course are, “What constitutes a film genre?” and “How do we identify genres, and how does this identification influence what we see on the screen?” The course concludes by examining specific genres that illustrate the complex issues that arise when we look at so-called escapist films.

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Communication Studies CMNS 425

Outline

  • Unit 1: The Usefulness of Genre
  • Unit 2: Genre History and Literary Precedents
  • Unit 3: The Effects of Economics and Social Change on Genre
  • Unit 4: Genre Development and Instability
  • Note: A short paper is due after Unit 2.

Communication Studies CMNS 425

Choose two units from Units 5 through 8

  • Unit 5: The Role of the Individual Artist in Genres
  • Unit 6: International Variations in Genre
  • Unit 7: Transcendence and Failure: Nongenre and Cult Films
  • Unit 8: Against Grains: Experimental and Cross-genre Films
  • Note: A major essay is due after completion of the fifth unit.

Communication Studies CMNS 425

Choose two units from Units 9 through 12

  • Unit 9: Possibilities and Parameters in Science Fiction
  • Unit 10: Possibilities and Parameters in Mystery/Suspense
  • Unit 11: Possibilities and Parameters in Horror
  • Unit 12: Possibilities and Parameters in Comedy
  • Note: A major essay is due after the eighth completed unit.

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Evaluation

To receive credit for CMNS 425, you must complete all of the assignments, achieve a minimum mark of 50 percent on assignment number three, and obtain a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent). There is no final examination for this course. The weighting of the composite mark is as follows:

Course Materials

Textbook

Grant, Barry K., ed. Film Genre Reader IV. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2012.

Other Materials

Other than the videos, which students will choose for themselves, the rest of the course materials are online, including additional readings and unit study guides.