University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh
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Media Studies and Journalism Department

COURSE SYLLABUS
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MSJ 241 Approach

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Course Code: MSJ 241
Course Title: Approaches to Film Studies
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PROJECT 10%
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Course Content:
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• Parkinson, David (1995). History of Film. Thames and
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  1. 1. University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) Media Studies and Journalism Department COURSE SYLLABUS SPRING 2012 APPROACHES TO FILM STUDIES MSJ 241 !
  2. 2. 2 MSJ 241 Approach to Film Studies Course Code: MSJ 241 Course Title: Approaches to Film Studies Course Overview: This course is initiated to give students an understanding of film offering a very brief history and language of film. Knowing film history students will have an overview of film and its different movements (students will learn major characteristics of each movement) and with the film language they at the end of the course will be able to tell story in their own & can analyze the film. Students will also learn of how meaning is produced in film and hence they will have a glance of how film is a cultural product. Apart from these they will be told about different theories – auteur theory, genre theory, audience theory to some extent so that they can find themselves prepared for the next advanced courses. ! Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)! !
  3. 3. 3 ! MSJ 241 Approach to Film Studies Course Objective: The first and prime objective of introducing this course is to make students aware of film’s visual techniques as well as its capacity to tell story. And, the second objective is to make students capable of reading film as text rather than seeing. GRADING ATTENDANCE 10% Attendance in this course is a mandatory requirement. You are expected to attend every class and stay for the entire duration. Tardiness, early departures, lack of being prepared, or lack of awareness or attention during class will count as absences--two incidents of any of previously stated will equal one absence. A student may be absent from class maximum of five times during the semester with the deduction of his or her attendance marks. There are no excused absences beyond those five. Any further absences (without the permission of Department Head) – the 6th absence the student will receive a failing grade. TEAM WORK 5% You will be graded on the quality of the specific tasks in the role you are assigned. You will perform different roles in the class projects. QUIZZES 5% There will be several reading quizzes to prove your knowledge of course content. EXERCISES 10% There will be several exercises to prove your knowledge of course content. ASSIGNMENTS 10% There will be couple of written assignments to prove your knowledge of Film reviews. MID TERM EXAMINATION 20% There will be MCQ/short note/fill up the blanks questions for Mid Term to recall your knowledge of video technology. ORAL REPORT 10% There will be several oral reports to prove your knowledge about the course. ! Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)! ***An attendance includes the classes and seminars related to the course curriculum integration programs.
  4. 4. 4 MSJ 241 Approach to Film Studies ! PROJECT 10% There will be a project on Film analysis (3000-5000 words). FINAL Exam 20% There will be MCQ/short note/fill up the blanks questions for final to recall your knowledge of film theory. Grade Chart 10% 10% 5% 10% 10% 20% 10% 25% 100 GENERAL INFORMATION Equipment The use of all ULAB equipment, outside classroom exercises, will require a signed request and policy form. You are responsible for replacement and repair costs of all damaged or lost equipment. Emails Communication will occur through email. Be sure to check your email daily. You are responsible for emails sent by the faculty. Late Assignments Plan ahead for this intensive class, there will be no late assignments accepted (unless I have given you permission beforehand). Plagiarism Plagiarism is the intended or unintended use of someone else's language and/or ideas without revealing the source of that material, leading the audience to believe that the work is original. So attribute all your sources. Minimum penalty for plagiarism is a zero on the assignment (and possible course failure); I will also follow University rules and report any instances of plagiarism to the administration. Accommodations If you need course adaptation or accommodation because of a disability (physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.), please make an appointment with me as soon as possible. ! Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)! ATTENDANCE TEAM WORK QUIZZES EXERCISES ASSIGNMENTS MID TERM EXAMINATION ORAL REPORT FINAL PROJECT Total marks
  5. 5. 5 MSJ 241 Approach to Film Studies ! Course Content: The content of the course will be as follow: Topic& Introducing&the&course& and&defining&Cinema&&& 1! ! ! ! Session!–! 1,2! ! ! Films&to&be&screened& Content& Week/Session& Course!Contents;! ! What!is!Cinema/Film/Movie?! Pre<history!of!Cinema:!Why!do!we! see!that!film!moves?! ! The!Beginnings! Brief&History&of&Film& (will&be&discussed&in& accordance&with&major& film&movements)&& Session!< 3,4! Early!Cinema!(1895!–!1903),!! the!development!of!Classical! Hollywood!Cinema!(1903!–!1927)! ! ! 3! Session!–! 5,6!! The!Silent!Age’! !!!!1913<1927! Internationalist!age!of!cinema! 4! Session!–! 7,8! Transition!age! ! ! ! Hollywood!age! ' Mass!Media!Age! 5! Session!–! 9,10! Japan,!Third!World!and!Sub< continental!Cinema! MID!TERM! ! The'Cabinet'of'Dr.'Caligari'(1919),' Nosferatu'(1922),'Entr'acte) (1924),The'Seashell'and'the' Clergyman'(1928),'Un'Chien' Andalou(1928),'Battleship' Potemkin'(1925)' The'Jazz'Singer'(1927),'Ossessione' (1942),'Bicycle'Thieves'(1948),' Four'Hundred'Blows'(1959),' Breathless'(1959)'' New!wave!age! !! Arrival'of'a'train,!Workers'Leaving' the'Lumiere'Factory,'Baby's' Breakfast,'1995;''A'trip'to'the' moon'(1902),'The'Great'Train' Robbery(1903),'The'birth'of'a' Nation(1915),'Intolerance(1916),' Our'Hospitality'(1923)! Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)! 2! ! Rashomon'(1950),'The'Turning' Wind'(1962).'Kandahar'(2001),' Crying'Ladies,'Pother'Panchali' (1955)''
  6. 6. 6 MSJ 241 Approach to Film Studies ! 6! Session!–! 11,12!! Film!technical!theory:!Grammar!of! shot! Griffith’s!film,!Clips!from!any!film.!! 7! Session!–! 13,14! Grammar!of!shot!(continuing),!! ! Introduction!to!mise<en<scene,!! depth!of!field,!deep!focus!! Language&of&Film&& Intolerance!! Production!design:!Sets,!Props,!&! Costumes;! ! 8! Session!–! 15,16!! Titanic!! Basic!Lighting,!Sound!! 9! Session!–! 17,18! Editing!&!how!meaning!is!produced! ! in!film!and!! Eisenstein’s!films!for!montage!!! discussion!on!short!filmmaking! using!still!photograph! 10!! Session!–! 19,20! Film!form,!genre!&!narrative;! ! Finalizing!the!stories!for!short!film.!!! ! 11! Session!– 21,22! ! Our!Film:!a!critical!overview! /addressing!audience!! And!very!brief!discussion!on! different!theories!of!film!and!final! comments! !! ! Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)! How!to!review!a!film,! Jeebon'Theke'Neya'(1969),'any! contemporary!film.'!
  7. 7. 7 MSJ 241 Approach to Film Studies ! Book of References: • Bazin, A. (1967). What is Cinema? Volume 1, Sel. And trans. H. Gray, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. • Bordwell, David and Kristin Thompson (2001). Film Art: An Introduction. London: McGraw Hill. • --(2003) Film History: An Introduction. New York, London: McGraw Hill. ! (1949) Film Form. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World • Hayward, Susan (2000). Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts. London: Routledge. • Hill, J. and Gibson P.C. (1998). Oxford Guide to Film Studies. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. • Lacy, Nick (2005). Introduction to Film. Palgrave Macmillan, New York. • Metz, Christian (1974). Film Language: A Semiotics of the Cinema. Trans. Michael Taylor. New York: Oxford University Press. • Monaco, James (2000). How to Read a Film. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. ! Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)! • Eisenstein, Sergei (1947). Film Sense. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World.
  8. 8. 8 MSJ 241 Approach to Film Studies ! • Parkinson, David (1995). History of Film. Thames and Hudson. • Rajadhyaksha, Ashish and Paul Willemen (eds) (1994). Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema. London: British Film Institute. • Srinivas, S.V. (2009). Megastar: Chiranjeevi and Telugu Cinema after N. T. Rama Rao. Oxford: Oxford University Press. • Thomson, Roy (1998, reprinted in 1999 – 2004). Grammar of Shot. Focal Press. Faculty Razibul Hossain Khondoker Senior Lecturer Media Studies and Journalism Department University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) Email: razibul.chithi@gmail.com Call: +88 0173 83 01 003 ! Media Studies and Journalism Department (MSJ)! • Turner, Graeme (1999, reprinted in 2000-2005). Film as Social Practice (3rd edition). London & New York: Routledge.
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