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2023 - 2024 Catalog 
2023 - 2024 Catalog
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ENG 227W - The American Motion Picture

Credits: 3
Instructional Contact Hours: 3

Studies popular films, with major emphasis on American culture as reflected in the motion picture. Examines the effect of the images portrayed in motion pictures on the perception of American society and history; topics vary from semester to semester. Credit may be earned in only one of: ENG 227W. ENG 227CW , LIT 227W, LIT 227CW.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 111  or ENG 111A   with a grade of “C” or higher
Corequisite(s): None
Lecture Hours: 45 Lab Hours: 0
Meets MTA Requirement: Humanities
Pass/NoCredit: Yes

Outcomes and Objectives  

  1. Analyze literature in the subject area.
    1. Interpret the meanings of literary works using various theoretical approaches.
    2. Identify various literary genres.
    3. Demonstrate analytical understanding through writing.
    4. Identify thematic content, reading films as texts, reflecting the American identity.
  2. Participate in writing to learn activities.
    1. Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
    2. Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
    3. Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.
    4. Develop fluency in film criticism.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and historical context for this body of literature.
    1. Describe how American film reflects the American culture at various historical moments of film production.
    2. Contrast commercial vs. artistic value systems.
    3. Explain how close examination of film genres enriches formal and cultural interpretation.

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