International Cinema (HUM 4113) Fall  2009

Professor: Dr. Hugh Foley  E-mail:  Phone: 343-7566

M-W 2p-3:15  Loshbaugh Hall 112



Course Description: Intensive study and research on international cinema focusing on, but not limited to, a particular national cinema, director, genre, body of criticism, or historical time period.


Course Prerequesite: HUM 2893, equivalence, or permission from instructor or advisor


Course Objectives: To increase students’ critical thinking, analytical, and communicative ability through reading and writing about films made outside of the Hollywood tradition, and to appreciate the international perspective of filmmakers who are consciously working outside of that tradition to express their own sense of national identity.



Gazetas, Aristides. An Introduction to World Cinema.  McFarland & Company, Inc.: Jefferson, NC, 2000.


Teaching Methods and Evaluation Instruments:

This course will require students to read, summarize, and respond to readings in the textbook as well as other assigned texts.  Additionally, students will view, summarize, and respond to ten international films, write a 750-word book review on the subject of international cinema, as well as write a 1,500 word research essay on an individual film, director, or national cinema.


Course Requirements:

1.       Reading response journal: 100- word reactions paragraphs to Chapters 1 through 25 in An Introduction to World Cinema. Reactions should be clearly labeled and stapled together.            

        bradded folder.

        Points possible: 100 (Due November 18th)

        25% of the course grade


2.       750-word book review of any book about a national cinema, director, or series of films relating to a 

        particular country’s cinematic output. The book review should use at least five quotes from the book

        to illustrate the summary and critical analysis of the book’s quality. Therefore, a book review might

        follow this format:

                Part 1: Introductory paragraph with thesis stating writer’s opinion of the book being critiqued.

                Part 2: Body paragraphs with quotes from book proving author’s point about the book.

                Part 3: Concluding positives, negatives, or further uses for the book being critiqued.

       Students may use any standard academic style in the book review..

Points possible: 100 (Due October 14th)

        25% of the course grade


3.       15 minute oral presentation on a scene or sequence from an international film that illustrates a salient aspect of the particular country or region's film history or current industry. The presentation will be organized as follows: 5 minute introduction explaining the background of the film, how the film fits into a particular national cinema tradition, and why you chose a 5 to 8 minute scene or sequence to  illustrate an aspect of that national cinema; show the clip from a DVD or online video source; conclude with a re-statement of why the scene exemplifies your initial point about an aspect of international cinema; ask for questions. A sign-up sheet will be distributed for the presentations which will occur on Mondays in November and December. Grading criteria: following instructions (25%), organization (25%), time allotment (25%), intellectual level (25%). Points possible: 100


A six to ten minute film or video in which the author imitates a film, film genre, or director’s style learned in the course. The film or video must be burned to DVD and be accompanied by a 250-word context statement in which the student explains the concepts being explored in the film/video. Students who choose this option must also include the shooting script as part of the final package.

       Points possible: 100 (Due December 4th with a minimal extension possible with instructor permission)

       25% of the course grade


4.       Mid-term and final exams: Each student will undergo an examination at the mid-term point of the semester and during final exams week. Exams may be based on readings in World Cinema, class lectures, and/or  films viewed and discussed in class.

Scores on the mid-term and final will be averaged for 25% of the course grade.


Tentative Course Schedule:


Week 1: Chapters 1, 2, and 3 of World Cinema

Week 2: Chapter 4 of World Cinema

Week 3: Chapters 5 and 6 of World Cinema

Week 4: Chapters 7, 8, 9 of World Cinema

Week 5:  Chapters 10 World Cinema

Week 6: Chapters 11, 19, and 21

Week 7: Essay “Some Ideas on Cinema”

Week 8: Mid-term exam

Week 9: Chapters 12 and 13 of World Cinema

Week 10: Chapters 14 and 15 of World Cinema (+presentations)

Week 11: Chapters 16 and 17 of World Cinema (+ presentations)

Week 12: Chapters 18 and 19 of World Cinema (+presentations)

Week 13: Chapter 19 (continued) of World Cinema (+presentations)

Week 14: Chapters 21 and 22 of World Cinema (+ presentations)

Week 15: Chapters 23 and 25 of World Cinema (+presentations)

Week 16: Final exam


Standards of Achievement

        All student work will be held to the following academic criteria:

Ø  Accuracy of information

Ø  Organization and clarity of thoughts

Ø  Depth of critical thinking and analysis

Ø  Satisfaciton of defined requirements

Ø  Acceptable writing mechanics and quality

Ø  Fidelity of work (no plagiarism)

Ø  Evidence of creative or innovative thinking

Ø  Sincerity of effort (how hard you try)


Grading Scale:

90 - 100% = A, 80 – 89% = B, 70 – 79% = C, 60 – 69% = D, Below 60 = F


 Plagiarism Statement: Plagiarism is the representation of the words or ideas of another as one’s own, including: direct quotation without both attribution and indication that the material is being directly quoted; e.g. quotation marks; paraphrase without attribution; paraphrase with or without attribution where the wording of the original remains substantially intact and is represented as the author’s own; expression in one’s own words, but without attribution, of ideas, arguments, lines of reasoning, facts, processes, or other products of the intellect where such material is learned from the work of another and is not part of the general fund of common knowledge.


ADA Statement: Rogers State University is committed to providing students with disabilities equal access to educational programs and services. Any student who has a disability that he or she believes will require some form of academic accommodation must inform the professor of such need during or immediately following the first class attended. Before any educational accommodation can be provided, it is the responsibility of each student to prove eligibility for assistance by registering for services through Student Affairs.


Closure Statement:  The schedule and procedures of this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.  (University Closure Statement, IRPAA 8/25/99, p. 25).



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