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Course 2019-2020 a.y.

30475 - CRITICAL APPROACHES TO THE ARTS II - MODULE II (CINEMA)

CLEACC
Department of Social and Political Sciences

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 31

CLEACC (6 credits - II sem. - OBS  |  L-ART/06)
Course Director:
JOSEPH EDWARD ROZZO

Classes: 31 (II sem.)
Instructors:
Class 31: JOSEPH EDWARD ROZZO


Suggested background knowledge

There are no formal prerequisites for this course. You may or may not already be a cinema follower. Anyone can take this course. This is an introductory course both for those already cinema followers as well as those who have not followed cinema before.


Mission & Content Summary
MISSION

The role of cinema in our society is a complex one starting with the factor of entertainment as popular expression. On a deeper analysis, cinema represents the expression of social mores, collective anxieties and cultural paradigms. The course has three principal objectives: - Provide the students with a comprehensive understanding of how cinema works both technically and culturally. - Help the student develop a personal understanding of major social theories as well as the capacity for expressing and analyzing cinematic narrative. - Teach structural, cultural and linguistic theories which help the student identify significant social-cultural themes within cinematic narrative.

CONTENT SUMMARY

This course offers the student a complex understanding of cinema, its structure and its meaning.

  • Analysis of the cinematic language and its relation to social theories and Consumer Culture Theory.
  • Overview of the roles and professions in the film industry.
  • Theoretical basis of the cultural questions represented through cinema and their relationship to social and psychological needs.
  • How story structure guides our emotional response.
  • The vision of key films in order to understand their lingustic development and social significance.

The course is based on the vision and subsequent in-class discussion of specific films which have attracted the public's attention for various motives.


Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Analyze the semiotic meaning of any scene in any film.
  • Understand the social theories at the basis of each characters narrative.
  • Identify the cinematographic elements utilzed in a film's narration.
  • Understand the narrative structure of a film and evaluate its effectiveness.
  • Appreciate various genres of film.
  • Distinguish the anthropological as well as cultural values expressed in a film's narrative.
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Evaluate a films cultural appeal.
  • Understand and evaluate the professional roles connected to the production of a film.
  • Relate a film's theme to a larger understanding of contemporary culture.
  • Recognize a story's potential appeal relating to the psychological and social treatment of the protagonist.

Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
  • Individual assignments
DETAILS
  • The in-class vision of films followed by group discussion.
  • In-class lectures.

Assessment methods
  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
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  • Individual assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
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    ATTENDING STUDENTS

    The required Mid-term Paper is a semiotic, cinematographic and sociological analysis of a video clip chosen by the student. In the paper, the student uses his or her understanding of semiotics in order to analyze the cinematographic elements of a video clip and how they reveal the underlying social theories discussed in class and in readings. The same approach is used in the Final Exam where the student must elaborate on the structure of the clip seen and how their understanding of social theory and cinematic language are braided into a significant narrative with social, emotional and psychological consequences.

     

    NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    There is no partial paper for non-attending students. In the Final Exam the student must elaborate on the structure of the clip seen during the exam and how their understanding of social theory and cinematic language are braided into a significant narrative with social, emotional and psychological consequences.


    Teaching materials
    ATTENDING AND NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS
    • E. ROZZO (edited by), Cinema and social theory, 2018.
    • P. JONES, Introduction to social theory, 3rd Edition.
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